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GLOBAL CLIMATE: Alarming Record Temperatures

In its new State of the Global Climate 2021 report, the World Meteorological Organization says the past seven years have been the hottest on record. Greenhouse gas concentrations, sea-level rise, ocean heat, and ocean acidification also set new records in 2021.

Underscoring the harsh reality presented in the document, UN Secretary-General António Guterres also issued his own video message, stressing, “Time is running out.” He proposed five “critical actions” to jumpstart the renewable energy transition, including renewable energy technologies being treated as essential and freely available global public goods. 

Guterres also said that private and public investments in renewable energy must triple to at least $4 trillion dollars a year. “If we act together, the renewable energy transformation can be the peace project of the 21st Century,” the UN Secretary-General said.  

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