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Brad Plumer and Elena Shao
A woman tried to shield herself from the sun in Beijing, where temperatures reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday.Credit...Andy Wong/Associated Press

July 6, 2023

From north to south, temperatures are surging as greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and combine with effects from El Niño.

The past three days were quite likely the hottest in Earth’s modern history, scientists said on Thursday, as an astonishing surge of heat across the globe continued to shatter temperature records from North America to Antarctica.

Guardian staff and agencies
A man uses water bottles for flotation as he cools off in a canal in Beijing amid the heatwave while swathes of northern China sweltered in 40-degree temperatures. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

June 23, 2023

Nanjiao weather station in southern Beijing hits 41.1C, half a degree higher than the station’s previous monthly record

Beijing logged its hottest June day since records began on Thursday, the national weather service said, as swathes of northern China sweltered in 40-degree heat.

Damian Carrington
Market in Mushin, Lagos. A large number of people in Nigeria will be pushed outside the human climate niche, say experts. Photo by Kaizenify / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

June 9, 2023

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Fiona Harvey
Forest fires approaching the village of Pefki on Evia island, Greece, in 2021. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

May 17, 2023

UN agency says El Niño and human-induced climate breakdown could combine to push temperatures into ‘uncharted territory’

The world is almost certain to experience new record temperatures in the next five years, and temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, scientists have warned.

The breaching of the crucial 1.5C threshold, which scientists have warned could have dire consequences, should be only temporary, according to research from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Andrew Nikiforuk
Mining for rare earth metals for ever more battery-driven gadgetry is a vastly destructive and ultimately doomed response to the climate crisis argues the author. Photo via Shutterstock.

"A competent civilization would also tax out of existence monster homes. They also represent another issue no political leader wants to tackle: rampant economic inequality."

May 10, 2023


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