Last Thursday, we received another stark warning about the status of the climate crisis. But this time, it came not from scientists forecasting the future. Instead, it was a data point from the Earth itself. Scientists at Esperanza Base in the Antarctic Peninsula reported the highest temperature recorded on the continent to date: 18.3°C (64.9°F), warm enough to wear shorts and a t-shirt. This is only the latest in a series of dangerous signs that we have seen over the last few months, and follows a devastating series of bushfires and record temperatures in Australia. Together, these tell us that the climate crisis is not a future event—it has already begun. And it underscores the urgency of our task to transition the world off of fossil fuels to a clean energy future.
RMI 12th Feb 2020 read more »
The Antarctic has registered a temperature of more than 20C (68F) for the first time on record, prompting fears of climate instability in the world’s greatest repository of ice. The 20.75C logged by Brazilian scientists at Seymour Island on 9 February was almost a full degree higher than the previous record of 19.8C, taken on Signy Island in January 1982. It follows another recent temperature record: on 6 February an Argentinian research station at Esperanza measured 18.3C, which was the highest reading on the continental Antarctic peninsula.
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