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2023: big moments for the climate and environment

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By illuminem briefings

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illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on DW or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: In 2023, environmental issues took center stage with a mix of challenging and progressive developments 
The year was marked by soaring global temperatures, Germany's historic move to phase out nuclear power, and a pivotal global agreement to shift away from fossil fuels

🔭 The context: Scientists confirmed 2023 as the hottest year on record, with greenhouse gas emissions reaching unprecedented levels 
This warming trend was linked to a string of extreme weather events, from heatwaves across continents to record-breaking tropical cyclones and wildfires

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The EU's significant biodiversity law aimed at habitat restoration, and Brazil's successful reduction in Amazon deforestation, reflect a growing global commitment to environmental sustainability 
However, challenges persist, such as Europe's ongoing struggle with air pollution

⏭️ What's next: The shift towards renewable energy is gaining momentum, highlighted by over 120 countries pledging to significantly increase their renewable energy capacity by 2030 
The COP28 climate conference's decision to transition away from fossil fuels marks a significant step in global climate policy

💬 One quote: "Greenhouse gas levels are record high. Global temperatures are record high. Sea level rise is record high. Antarctic sea ice is record low. It's a deafening cacophony of broken records" (Petteri Taalas of the World Meteorological Organization)

📈 One stat: Canada's worst-ever wildfire season saw over 18.5 million hectares burned, an area surpassing the size of Syria, illustrating the severe impact of climate change on natural ecosystems

Click for more news covering the latest on climate change 


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