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An unusually delicate wintertime is not as dramatic as a heatwave. It’s rather helpful when you are trying to defeat Vladimir Putin’s energy blackmail. Europe’s fuel crunch is a lot less agonizing than feared.

As we see in 2023, then, British isles information is dominated by a rogue royal oversharing about his early sexual encounters. Our primary minister Rishi Sunak missing weather action off his 5 priorities has been overshadowed by discourse on no matter whether creating 17-12 months-olds examine maths will crush their creativity. (My unpopular impression: numeracy is good, truly, if you have the maths academics to instill it, which we really do not.)

Without a doubt, the dominant weather tales above the Christmas crack experienced a feelgood flavour. Whose heart could fall short to be warmed by Greta Thunberg’s general public takedown of misogynist influencer, supercar enthusiast and alleged sex trafficker Andrew Tate? What’s not to like about Glass Onion, Netflix’s camp whodunnit that skewers billionaire hubris and hinges on a – bodily implausible, politically salient – hydrogen-derived gas?

But it is my solemn duty to inform you that world heating is nevertheless a problem. 2022 was the warmest 12 months on history for the British isles, once more, and in the top 10 globally. And so we get again to do the job.

Delighted new yr, visitors.

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Megan Darby



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