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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.
Axios reported this week that while coverage of climate change by media outlets has increased, this pales in comparison to the coverage that weather receives. Groups like Climate Central have launched new tools that can help journalists understand the local impacts of climate change while the Weather Channel has committed to tying climate change to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As temperatures hit record highs in the Western U.S. this week, another heatwave was brewing in Siberia. New satellite imagery showed that ground temperatures in the Arctic circle topped 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts say that rising temperatures like these in the world’s coldest regions threaten oceans, permafrost, forests, and more. Moreover, experts say that […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Weather Channel reported that this summer will be especially hot for the Western and Northern parts of the United States—from the Great Lakes to the Plains and Northwest— through September. Meanwhile, Texas and the Deep South will tend to be less hot than average. We’ve seen a preview […]
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