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06 November 2017

Responding to the announcement by the World Meteorological Organization that 2017 is set to be one of the three hottest years on record, Dr Stephen Cornelius, WWF’s Climate Adviser said:

“This is yet again a clear warning sign that governments, businesses and citizens need to speed up the shift to a low-carbon economy. This year we have seen more weather events made worse by climate change, from monsoons in South Asia to severe hurricane activity in the Caribbean – humans and nature are being pushed to the brink.

“Nevertheless, as countries meet in Bonn at COP23 we have the chance to turn things around. The world needs to come together to reaffirm the commitments made in the Paris Agreement and look towards tightening our targets and move to a greener future. We have made progress already with increased renewables, but we need to go further and break our addiction to polluting fossil fuels. If we do not we will pass on a very different world to our children.”