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Last month was the hottest October in Europe in history. It’s part of the ongoing warming trend brought about by climate change. As Bloomberg reported, Siberia, Alaska, and parts of the South America and African continents also experienced heatwaves last month.
“This October did not bring a surprising record, but an expected one,” the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said in a statement. The continent was 1.6 degrees Celsius (2.9 degrees Fahrenheit) above its 30-year historical average, according to Copernicus. This abnormally warm October follows the hottest September on record for the entire world, which also marked the fourth-warmest ocean temperatures.
Why This Matters: From more intense natural disasters to threatening our food supply, rising temperatures have knock-on effects that impact our daily lives.
Even more troubling is that these records are being set during a cooling La Niña event. “Remarkably, the record warmth of September 2020 came during the minimum of one of the weakest 11-year solar cycles in the past century,” Yale Climate Connections wrote. All of these records being set at such a low peak for other conditions “underscores the dominant role of human-caused global warming in heating the planet.”
Arctic Ice Still Lacking: These warmer temperatures correlate with the lack of sea ice in the Arctic. This October marks the fourth-consecutive month of a mostly ice-free Northern Sea Route, a shipping channel that runs along Russia’s northern border. In a bit of dark irony, this increasingly-accessible route is used to transport natural gas and oil, whose use will keep melting that ice.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This March will continue to bring more severe weather to the United States. An atmospheric river event — the “Pineapple Express” — is forecast to induce a rainy season in Washington and Oregon, as well as an increased risk of avalanches in the Pacific Northwest. As the Pineapple Express […]
We feel so badly for everyone in Texas suffering through days of bitter cold, many without heat. But the people at the northern U.S. end of the polar vortex are reeling from the cold as well. Low-temperature records are being broken in the northern plains — it’s so cold there that even Siberia was warmer. […]
After snowstorms swept across the South this week, 14 states are expecting power outages, frozen roads, and dangerous conditions. Hundreds of millions will be impacted by the storm. Millions will be experiencing rolling blackouts in the coming days due to stress on the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
Why This Matters: Although it might seem that this polar vortex is an exception to global temperature rise, research says that erratic, far-reaching polar systems like the one we’re seeing now can be directly related to warming temperatures in the Arctic.
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