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Earth entering 'uncharted territory' as heat records quickly shatter

By Scott Dance

06 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. The Earth is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave, with the planet's hottest day in at least 125,000 years recorded recently. This has led to concerns that this year could be the warmest on record.

A remarkable spate of historic heat is hitting the planet, raising alarm over looming extreme weather dangers - and an increasing likelihood this year will be Earth's warmest on record.

New precedents have been set in recent weeks and months, surprising some scientists with their swift evolution: Historically warm oceans, with North Atlantic temperatures already nearing their typical annual peak; unparalleled low sea ice levels around Antarctica, where global warming impacts had, until now, been slower to appear; and the planet experiencing its warmest June ever charted, according to new data.

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