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More warming a threat to the Hajj – and human habitation – in the Middle East

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. That simple phrase sums up a major danger pilgrims face (in addition to COVID-19) during the coming week during the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah), the holiest city for Muslims. This year, the Hajj falls during the period July 17-22, which is typically among the […]

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Equity and fair shares in a net-zero world

The Paris Climate Agreement survived four years of the Trump administration, but it’s hardly thriving. Fortunately, and however you judge its overall efficacy, Paris is built for change. The question, as we stumble forward through the pandemic, involves whether the pace and direction of change are likely to deliver on the agreement’s central goal of […]

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June 2021: Earth’s fifth-warmest June on record, warmest over land areas

June 2021 was the fifth-warmest June – and the warmest for Earth’s land areas – since global record-keeping began in 1880, 0.88 degrees Celsius (1.58°F) above the 20th-century average, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, NCEI, reported July 13. NASA rated the month the third warmest June on record, 1.13 degrees Celsius (2.03°F) above the 1880-1920 period, which […]

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Death Valley, California, breaks the all-time world heat record for the second year in a row

For the second consecutive year, Death Valley, California, has set a world record for the hottest reliably measured temperature in Earth’s history. Death Valley National Park’s Furnace Creek Visitor Center hit an astonishing 130.0 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4°C) on Friday afternoon, July 9, 2021, beating the previous world record of 129.9 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4°C), set there […]