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"UN Warns: Hottest Decade on Record Ends with 2023

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the United Nations has released its State of the Climate report, stating that 2023 marked the hottest year on record, concluding the warmest decade ever observed.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the situation as a planet at a critical juncture, with climate change accelerating due to fossil fuel emissions.

The WMO reported that last year's average near-surface temperature reached 1.45 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, nearing the 1.5-degree limit set by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The 2023 data revealed that oceans suffered unprecedented heatwaves, with the majority experiencing such conditions at some point during the year. This poses serious threats to marine ecosystems, coral reefs, and hastens the melting of glaciers and ice sheets.

Sea levels reached new heights, with the rate of rise over the past decade being more than double that of the decade starting in 1993. The ramifications include heightened extreme weather events, habitat destruction, and increased food scarcity, pushing the number of acutely food insecure people to 333 million post-Covid-19.

However, the report cites a rise in renewable energy capacity as a hopeful sign, with a nearly 50 percent increase in 2023. Guterres remains optimistic, suggesting that we can still cap temperature rise and mitigate the direst effects of climate change."

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