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Bird flu near Antarctica, EU counters China in green tech

2023 sets heat records, South America faces bird flu crisis, and EU invests €4bn in green tech to challenge China

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[7.7] 2023 was the warmest year in 150 years — The New York Times [$]

In 2023, Earth experienced its hottest year on record since the 19th century, with global temperatures averaging 1.48°C higher, according to the European Union climate monitor. Each month from June to December set new heat records, surpassing 2016 as the previous warmest year. Scientists attribute this to ongoing greenhouse gas emissions.

[7.0] H5N1 bird flu devastates South America, threatens Antarctica — ABC News

The H5N1 bird flu strain is causing widespread fatalities in South America, with a suspected case now near Antarctica. A study revealed a 70% mortality rate among elephant seal pups in Argentina due to the outbreak. Experts fear the virus's potential spread in the Antarctic, which could have catastrophic effects on unique wildlife. Over half a million birds and 50,000 mammals have died in South America since H5N1's detection.

[7.0] EU invests €4bn in green tech to counter China — The Guardian

The EU is investing €4bn in green technology factories to boost electric battery, heat pump, and solar panel production, countering cheap Chinese imports. The investments follow previous schemes totaling €9.1bn and aim to keep production in Europe. The EU has also suspended tariffs on electric cars to compete with Chinese firms like BYD, now the top hybrid and battery vehicle producer.

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