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Why This Matters: As carbon dioxide levels keep going up it is easier and easier to set warmest month records because it stays in the atmosphere for a long time continuing to heat us up. If you are younger than 35, there has not been a month in which global temps were below average in your lifetime. Because of all this heat, the summer is setting up to be a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season. In fact, one homeland security expert, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who commanded Joint Task Force Katrina, told lawmakers last week that the federal response to the pandemic “is going to challenge FEMA’s ability to deal with our active hurricane season” and “[n]ow is the time for the National Security Council to reorganize…”
What makes this year even more discomforting is that, unlike the prior record-holder in 2016, there has not been an El Niño in the Pacific, which would have pushed the temps higher than otherwise. But things like the worst bleaching event ever in the Great Barrier Reef’s history shows that the carbon is taking its toll on the ocean as well. As The Post explained, “In an indication of how high of a fever the Earth is running, NOAA found that February and March were the warmest two non-El Niño months in NOAA’s temperature database, said Derek Arndt, the head of the climate monitoring division at the National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, N.C.”
It was well known that the Tokyo Olympics would be very hot, but it’s now shaping up to be the hottest games in history, and athletes are paying the price. Athletes have had to be routinely treated for heat exhaustion. A Russian tennis star said he could “die” in the suffocating heat and humidity and a […]
The United Arab Emirates has developed a new solution to mitigate heatwaves and drought. Cloud-zapping drones could be the key to manufacturing rainfall, and testing has already begun. Previous methods of cloud-seeding using salt flares have raised questions about environmental safety, but this new method doesn’t use chemicals. Instead, it zaps clouds with electricity, triggering rain production. Cloud-seeding has been employed in the […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After over a week of sudden natural disasters across the globe, at least 33 people have now died in catastrophic floods in central China. The Henan province is currently facing millions of dollars of damage, and 200,000 evacuees are looking for an end to the nightmare. As the army mobilizes to prevent further flooding, […]
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