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Climate Change News Digest for 1/4/23

This digest provides a selection of recent news articles relating to climate change and other environmental issues. Click on the title to read the full article from its original source.

By Katelyn Weisbrod (Inside Climate News)

Climate change manifested this year in more than just weather disasters.

By Leah C. Stokes (New York Times)

When we look back a decade from now, we may find that 2022 was an inflection point. New policies in the United States and Europe and elections in Australia and Brazil are creating momentum for the shift toward clean energy. If moving away from dirty energy is like rerouting a giant ship, then this could be the year when world leaders started to turn the tanker around.

By James Bruggers (Inside Climate News)

Diplomats, industry reps and environmentalists wrestled with this question during talks in Switzerland on guidelines related to the Basel Convention on hazardous wastes.

By World Meteorological Organization (WHO)

The WMO’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin estimates that concentrations of CO2 reached roughly 415.7 parts per million last year – a value that is 149% of pre-industrial levels. Methane and nitrous oxide levels are now 262% and 124% of atmospheric concentrations before 1750, respectively. Especially concerning, the WMO finds that the increase in CO2 concentrations from 2020 to 2021 alone exceeded the average annual growth rate in CO2 levels over the last decade, and the jump in atmospheric methane concentrations during the same period represents the highest year-on-year rise since measurements began almost 40 years ago.

By Fiona Harvey (The Guardian)

US climate envoy says there needs to be work on details of ‘loss and damage’ fund in 2023.

People in developing countries are feeling increasingly angry and “victimized” by the climate crisis, the US climate envoy John Kerry has warned, and rich countries must respond urgently.

About the Digest: Articles included here are selected from several organizations which consolidate climate change related news from many sources around the world. These organizations include Carbon Brief and Inside Climate News. Accessing the full articles from the links provided here may sometimes not be possible due to access restrictions of the originating publications.

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