The Climate Emergency: 2020 in Review

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: January 6

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: New York, N.Y.

Publisher: Scientific American online

Author(s): William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf , Thomas M. Newsome , Phoebe Barnard , William R. Moomaw

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Despite some promising developments, the need for action has grown even more urgent.

The climate emergency has arrived and is accelerating more rapidly than most scientists anticipated, and many of them are deeply concerned. The adverse effects of climate change are much more severe than expected, and now threaten both the biosphere and humanity. There is mounting evidence linking increases in extreme weather frequency and intensity to climate change. The year 2020, one of the hottest years on record, also saw extraordinary wildfire activity in the Western United States and Australia, a Siberian heat wave with record high temperatures exceeding 38 degrees C (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) within the Arctic circle, a record low for October Arctic sea ice extent of 2.04 million square miles, an Atlantic hurricane season resulting in more than $46 billion in damage, and deadly floods and landslides in South Asia that displaced more than 12 million people.

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