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Assessing the Global Climate in January 2019

January 2019 was third warmest on record for the globe — The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January 2019 tied with 2007 as the third highest for the month of January in the NOAA global temperature record, which dates back to 1880. This monthly summary, developed by scientists at NOAA National …

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Slow Arctic freeze raises risk of polar bear extinction, say scientists

Record absence of ice after freak warm spells denies pregnant bears birthing dens and triggers ‘extirpation event’ warning — A record slow freeze of many regions of the Arctic this winter is making it harder for pregnant polar bears to find birthing dens. The delayed formation of sea ice during autumn has worried biologists, who …

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Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2018 is sixth lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its summer minimum extent for the year, clocking in at 4.59m square kilometres (sq km), which puts it joint sixth lowest in the 40-year satellite record alongside 2008 and 2010 — The twelve smallest summer lows in the satellite record have all occurred in the last twelve years. The announcement, …

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Pollution is slowing the melting of Arctic sea ice, for now

Human carbon pollution is melting the Arctic, but aerosol pollution is slowing it down — The Arctic is one of the “canaries in the coal mine” for climate change. Long ago, scientists predicted it would warm quicker than other parts of the planet, and they were right. Currently, the Arctic is among the fastest-warming places …

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