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Climate change: what would 4°C of global warming feel like? – The Conversation UK

Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in the Pacific Ocean – known as La Niña – began to emerge…

2020 just short of being Earth’s hottest year on record as global warming continues – USA TODAY

“Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends.” Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees since the 1880s, NASA said. Until the world reduces emissions…

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The myths behind the southern and northern lights

For millennia, humans have viewed the northern and southern lights – aurora borealis and aurora australis – and created myths and folklore to explain the dancing lights they saw in the sky.

Extreme fire weather

(University of California – Santa Barbara) When the Thomas Fire raged through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in December 2017, Danielle Touma, at the time an earth science researcher at Stanford, was stunned by its severity. Burning for more than a month and scorching 440 square miles, the fire was then considered the worst in California’s history.

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Scientists discover the secret of Galápagos’ rich ecosystem

(University of Southampton) New research has unlocked the mystery of how the Galápagos Islands, a rocky, volcanic outcrop, with only modest rainfall and vegetation, is able to sustain its unique wildlife habitats.

SpaceX Cargo Dragon succeeds in 1st autonomous undocking

SpaceX’s CRS-21 Cargo Dragon undocked from the International Space Station’s Harmony module on January 12, 2021, succeeding in the world’s first-ever autonomous undocking and testing of several new vehicle upgrades.

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Why are ocean warming records being broken year after year? – The Guardian

As if 2020 could get any worse, the latest research showed that oceans hit their highest recorded temperatures, a record that keeps getting broken year after year. Why are the oceans so important? It is quite simple: almost all of…

Climate change reduces the abundance and diversity of wild bees

Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers. The findings suggest that addressing land-use issues alone will not be sufficient to protecting these important pollinators.