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Climate records in 2023 set off world alarm bells

Geneva, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The World Meteorological Organization sounded the alarm on the state of the global climate, after 2023 broke records in greenhouse gas levels, temperature and ocean acidification.

Also significant was sea level rise, melting of the Antarctic sea ice sheet and glacial retreat, according to a new report presented Tuesday by WMO Secretary-General Celeste Saulo.

“The scientific understanding of climate change has existed for more than five decades, yet we have missed a whole generation of opportunities,” Saulo added, urging that the response to climate change be guided by the well-being of future generations, not short-term economic interests.

According to the report, on a typical day in 2023, nearly one-third of the ocean surface was gripped by a marine heat wave, damaging vital ecosystems and food systems.

Observed glaciers suffered the greatest ice loss on record since 1950, with extreme melting in both western North America and Europe.