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UN weather agency sounds 'red alert' on climate

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🗞️ Driving the news: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported 2023 as the warmest year on record, with alarming observations regarding sea ice loss, particularly in the Antarctic, along with heightened global temperatures, ocean heat, and glacier melt

🔭 The context: The WMO's findings included unprecedented levels of Antarctic sea ice extent reduction, significant glacier ice loss, and an array of extreme weather phenomena contributing to widespread environmental and economic devastation

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This record-breaking warmth and the associated climatic changes underscore the urgent need for global climate action, highlighting how intertwined climate change is with issues like food insecurity, population displacement, and biodiversity loss

⏭️ What's next: With predictions for 2024 to potentially break the warmth record set in 2023, the urgency for addressing climate change is palpable 
• However, a surge in renewable energy use offers a hopeful path toward decarbonization and climate change mitigation

💬 One quote: "The WMO community is sounding the red alert to the world," stated WMO Secretary-General Celeste Saulo, emphasizing the critical proximity to the Paris Agreement's 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold

📈 One stat: Renewable energy capacity increased by 510 gigawatts in 2023, marking the highest rate of growth in two decades and offering a beacon of hope amidst the climate crisis

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