‘Thermal Whiplash’ Up Next for Midwest, East Coast

Meteorologists are predicting that the polar vortex gripping much of the U.S. will give way to rapid warming and ‘thermal whiplash.’

At least 12 people have died in the harsh conditions brought on by a heat wave at the North Pole which displaced frigid air cold enough to induce frostbite nearly immediately.

Thanks to climate change, the North Pole experienced a rapid temperature increase, called ‘sudden stratospheric warming,’ of nearly 125 degrees due to air moving up from the south; that rapid warming is what sent all the cold air rushing down through Canada and into the Lower 48.

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World Falling Behind on Climate Commitments

Ahead of next week’s climate talks, the U.N. has released a report warning that the world’s nations are dangerously behind on their climate commitments.

When the leaders of the world gathered for the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, they agreed to implement measures to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Three years later, the United Nations has found that we are terrifyingly far from maintaining that goal.

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Planet’s Oceans Warming Faster than Expected

A report in the scientific journal Nature shows that the world’s oceans absorbed 60 percent more heat in the last 25 years than previously thought.

The discovery means that global warming will accelerate rapidly as the heat from the oceans is released into the atmosphere.

This will make it far more difficult for the world’s nations to keep global temperatures from surpassing the target of a 1.5 degree Celsius global temperature increase.

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World Demands Climate Change Action

While the media obsesses over the U.S. Open and former President Barack Obama’s return to the spotlight, the world is demanding change.

The president has announced his plans to reduce regulations on methane emissions even as the east coast prepares for a devastating, climate-change fueled hurricane that has forced at least a million residents to evacuate.

As the world continues to warm, mainstream media insists on covering sports, pop culture, and sensational politics instead of covering the millions of people who protested across the world Saturday demanding immediate action on climate change.

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Ireland to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Ireland has announced that it will become the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels.

The lower house of Parliament voted to have the government divest its $10 billion investment fund from coal, oil and gas.

Island nations will be the among the first to experience the devastating effects of climate change as sea level rise threatens coastal communities and infrastructure.

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New Delhi Saves 16,500 Trees

Grassroots organizers in New Delhi have saved 16,500 trees from being cut down.

One of the most polluted cities on earth has won a second chance to save itself after grassroots organizers successfully defeated a government initiative to cut down some 16,500 trees in the city.

The movement lasted a full month and included thousands of people who participated in demonstrations, vigils, sit-ins, tree-defense patrols and reforestation activities.

New Delhi residents filed lawsuits against the government which resulted in the high court ruling that it could “not allow Delhi to die at the cost of the redevelopment projects.”

A Warming Planet

As wildfires rage in California and Colorado, temperature records continue to crumble across the globe.

Here’s a quick look at record-breaking temperatures all over the world:

  • Montreal, Canada reached its highest temperature in recorded history at 98 degrees Fahrenheit. So far 12 people have died in the heatwave
  • Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, experienced a record high of 108 degrees
  • Tbilisi, Georgia topped out at 105 degrees, also a record for the city
  • Eastern Oman recorded its highest low temperature in history — it never went below 109 degrees

Scientists say that 2018 could very possibly become the hottest year on record yet.

Deadly Heat Wave Hits Pakistan

A deadly heat wave in Pakistan has killed upwards of 65 people.

At least 65 people have died in the city of Karachi in Pakistan as a deadly heat wave moves through the country with temperatures topping 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

The organization that runs the city’s central morgue reported the deaths which have not yet been confirmed by city officials.

The heat wave comes at a particularly difficult time, as Muslims around the world celebrate the month of Ramadan, which includes fasting for nearly 15 hours per day.

In 2015, a similar heat wave overwhelmed the country’s morgues and hospitals.

Scientists have predicted that parts of South Asia will be too hot for humans to inhabit by 2100 if nothing is done to curb climate change.

NOAA: “Unequivocally, appreciably, and consequentially warmer”

The last time the Earth experienced a cooler-than-average month was back in 1984.

April 2018 marked the planet’s 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We live in and share a world that is unequivocally, appreciably and consequentially warmer than just a few decades ago, and our world continues to warm. Speeding by a ‘400’ sign only underscores that, but it does not prove anything new.” – NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt

Last April was apparently the third-warmest April on record, and was felt most by those living in Europe and Australia, which each experienced their warmest and second-warmest April’s, respectively.

The warmest temperature of all, however, may have been recorded in Nawabshah, Pakistan, which reached 122.4 degrees on April 30.

All in all, this is the fifth-warmest start to the calendar year so far.

The Earth also surpassed another alarming milestone in April when the atmosphere reached its highest level of CO2 contamination at 410 parts per million — the highest level in at least 800,000 years.