Two titan climate campaigners, Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough, have joined forces to push politicians and businesses to step up action on climate change after a year in which schoolchildren took to the world's streets in protest.
East Gippsland was ablaze late on Monday as more than 30 bushfires ravaged Victoria.
Fire crews are battling catastrophic fire dangers in Victoria with flames leaping 20 metres into the air and 14 km high smoke columns creating fire-generated thunderstorms.
VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES KEY POINTS:* Ten emergency warnings were active in East Gippsland as of 5pm on Monday.
Catastrophic conditions sparked more than 120 bushfires across South Australia but the state escaped without major losses on a day that had authorities fearing the worst.
A popular polar bear which had spent nearly two decades at Sea World on the Gold Coast has died.
Three members of a "wonderful" Sydney family who were killed in the White Island volcano blast have been remembered at an emotional funeral service.