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Climate Change

Climate change stokes new norm of extreme Australia weather

New report increases pressure on the Albanese government to take stronger action

A firefighter works to extinguish flames after a bushfire burnt through Bredbo, New South Wales, Australia, in 2020.   © Reuters

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- Extreme weather events such as bush fires and flooding are set to become the norm in Australia, a new report shows.

The joint paper from Australia's science agency and the national weather office identifies the burning of fossil fuels as far and away the largest source of extreme weather, and adds to the growing pressure on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's government to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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