‘Breathtaking’: what Joe Biden’s sweeping climate plan means for Scott Morrison


As the US president vows to push the rest of the world to do more on climate change, the prime minister will face increasing pressure to measure up

When John Kerry, the United States’ new special presidential envoy for climate, stepped up to speak to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday he had Australia on his mind.

The former secretary of state had been struck by an article in the New York Times by the author Michael Benson that described satellite images of the “flame vortexes” that spiralled into the atmosphere as the continent’s wildlife burned a year ago, sending a plume across New Zealand and into the Pacific.

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