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The UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned on March 19 that 2023 was the hottest year on record. In a report on the climate, it found that records were “once again broken, and in some cases smashed” for key indicators such as greenhouse gas pollution, surface temperatures, ocean heat and acidification, sea level rise, Antarctic sea ice cover and glacier retreat. The report documented violent weather extremes – particularly heat – on every inhabited continent. 

The WMO found “a glimmer of hope” in the growth of renewable energy. The amount of renewable capacity added in 2023 was almost 50% greater than the year before, the report found, bringing it to the highest rate in the past two decades.

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