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Antarctica heatwave linked to climate change - after temperatures soared 39°C above normal

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🗞️ Driving the news: A recent study uncovers the linkage between an unprecedented heat wave in east Antarctica and climate change
• The temperatures soared to 39°C above normal, marking it as the most intense heat wave ever recorded on the planet

🔭 The context: The record-breaking heatwave in Antarctica was caused by a “highly unusual” weather pattern that triggered winds bringing warm and moist air from Australia, exacerbated by climate change
• This adds to the growing body of evidence and concerns indicating that climate change impacts are manifesting in Antarctica, a region previously deemed relatively shielded

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The increasing frequency and intensity of such extreme weather events in Antarctica have profound implications for global climate patterns and sea levels
• The transformation of Antarctica from a refrigerant to a “radiator” poses substantial risks and underscores the escalating global consequences of climate change

⏭️ What’s next: The scientific community and policymakers will likely intensify their scrutiny of climate anomalies in Antarctica and expedite research and actions aimed at mitigating the impacts of climate change in the region and globally

💬 One quote: “Every heatwave in the world is now made stronger and more likely to happen because of human-caused climate change.” (World Weather Attribution group)

📈 One stat: Authors of the study calculate that the heat wave was made 2°C worse by climate change

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