climate change

Siberia heat wave breaks record reaching 100°F

The heat wave that has been affecting the Russian Arctic for months now reached a record in Verkhoyansk, Russia—north of the Arctic Circle—of 100.4°F on June 20, the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Plans to map the entire ocean floor by 2030 going ahead

Nearly a fifth of the world’s entire ocean floor has now been mapped, experts say, as plans are progressing despite the challenges of COVID-19 crisis. Charting seabed aims to help understand the impact oceans have on the earth’s climate.

Atmospheric CO2 peak hits record in May 2020

Atmospheric CO2, measured at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, reached a seasonal peak of 417.1 parts per million for 2020 in May, the highest monthly reading ever recorded. This year’s peak was 2.4 ppm higher than the 2019 peak of 414.7 in May 2019.

Watch: Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the US National Weather Service, forecasts an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, running from June 1 through November 30. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. 

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