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18 January 2018

2017 - one of the hottest years on record

Responding to the announcement by the WMO that 2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, and the hottest year on record without an El Niño, Dr Stephen Cornelius, WWF’s Climate Adviser said:

“Another year, another cry for action from nature. 2017 saw more extreme weather events made even worse by climate change, from monsoons in South Asia to severe hurricane activity in the Caribbean and heat waves across Europe. Humans and nature are suffering. Increasing temperatures are continuing to damage coral reefs, and have even turned some green turtle populations almost completely female.

“Whilst we have made progress recently with increased renewables, we need to go further and break our addiction to polluting fossil fuels. In the UK, we need to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to  ensure we pass on a cleaner world to our children.”