Lawmakers voted 89-55 in favour of a 43 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels.
From storms in the Atlantic, wildfires in California, killer floods in Asia and Africa, melting of the Arctic and bushfires in Australia, 2020 was more than a disastrous year with the pandemic.
Forecasts of rain expected to bring some respite but risk of landslides and water pollution grows, officials say. Meanwhile, a top climatologist says Australia could become so dry that its residents could become "climate refugees."
Campaigners slam German engineering group for opting to develop a controversial coal mine project in Australia with catastrophic bushfire season there fanning more anger against the proposed mine, owned by India's Adani group.
Tens of thousands rally across the country to demand PM Scott Morrison's conservative government cut back on fossil fuels, as deadly climate-fuelled bushfires burn out of control.
Fires burn in southern Parndana town as another heatwave, expected to bring renewed misery, sets in. Scientists warn carbon emissions from ongoing blazes are now nearly at par with those caused by fires in Amazon rainforest in 2019.
Bushfires took out two substations and transmission lines, prompting New South Wales to warn that an area home to almost eight million people and the nation's largest city Sydney could experience rolling blackouts.
Townpeople in Cobargo, New South Wales yell at Morrison, make obscene gestures, and call him an "idiot" to criticise him for lack of equipment to deal with bushfires in town.
One volunteer firefighter was killed and two suffered burn injuries after their truck rolled over when it was hit by extreme winds amid raging bushfires in New South Wales. Ten other firefighters have been killed so far this fire season.
Around a hundred blazes pockmark New South Wales and Queensland countryside, with around 17 of them remaining dangerous and uncontained.
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