Residents of the small Arctic town of Khatanga have never experienced anything like it: their home is changing at a gallop as Siberia dries out. Khatanga – population around 3,500 – is well north of the Arctic Circle, with usual daytime temperatures at this time of year hovering round a chilly 0°C. On 22 May the temperature in the town reached 25°C – more than double the record to date. Global warming is causing profound change across the Arctic, a region which acts like a giant air conditioning system regulating the Earth’s climate.
Climate News Network 5th June 2020 read more »
This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has already barrelled into the record books as the first time that three storms large enough to be named have arrived this early in the year. Hurricane season only officially started on 1 June, but so far Tropical Storm Arthur has had an impact on North Carolina and Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall down the coast in Charleston, SC. The latest, Tropical Storm Cristobal, is threatening the Louisiana coastline with high winds, storm surges and widespread flooding this weekend.
Independent 6th June 2020 read more »
Greta Thunberg has branded Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro a failure over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which this week has seen a record surge in deaths in the country, as an alliance of environmental groups sued his administration for endangering the climate and Amazon rainforest.
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A £64 million funding package to protect the Amazon and tropical rainforests in Colombia was announced to mark World Environment Day. COP26 President and Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, said the money was part of the UK’s commitment to fight global climate change.
iNews 5th June 2020 read more »
Last month was the warmest May on record with global temperatures 0.63C above average, according to the European Union’s climate change monitor. The last 12-month period also matched the hottest on record and was close to 0.7C warmer than average, the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said. It comes after the UK experienced its sunniest spring and driest May since records began. Some parts of Siberia saw temperatures spike up to 10C above average, while parts of Alaska, South America and Antarctica also saw much warmer than average temperatures, C3S said.
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