Baking Alaska: A regional example of global warming

US’ most northerly state has seen scorching temperatures in recent days.

by

    The world is warming at an alarming rate. The year 2014 was the warmest since records began in 1880. Then 2015 was the warmest; and now it looks highly likely that 2016 will again break records.

    Of the 15 warmest years on record, only 1998, a strong El Nino year, breaks the monopoly of the 2000s and 2010s.

    The current warming stretches from Antarctica through equatorial areas towards the North Pole.

    At a regional level, the rapid acceleration in temperatures is even more marked.

    In the US state of Alaska, part of which lies within the Arctic Circle, 2016 has seen temperatures well above average.

    In the past week weather conditions along the northern Arctic shoreline have been more appropriate to Southern California or the Mediterranean.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?