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Climate change made Siberian heat 600 times more likely

By Amy Woodyatt
The Daily News
July 16, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The prolonged heat wave in Siberia from January to June, pushing overall temperatures 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than normal, would have been “almost impossible” if not for human-caused climate change, a study has found. Temperatures in Siberia have been above average since the beginning of the year, with the Russian town of Verkhoyansk recording a temperature of 38 degrees C (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in June — a record temperature for the Arctic. The heat in the vast Russian region triggered widespread wildfires in June, associated with an estimated 56 million tons of carbon dioxide, more than the annual emissions of some industrialized nations like Switzerland and Norway.

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