During their ICESCAPE mission, the crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieves supplies for some repairs during the mission, which were parachuted from a C-130 in the Arctic Ocean.
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September 2020 was the warmest month in the world. This year will be one of the five hottest in history, scientists from the Copernicus Climate Change Service announced on Wednesday.
Rising global temperatures due to climate change have been accompanied by countless climatic disasters. Record forest fires scorched the western United States just this year and it was one of the most active hurricane seasons in the Atlantic ever recorded.
According to scientists, the Arctic sea ice also fell to the second-lowest level in its history, as climate change is causing an alarming burden in the region. Scientists have predicted that the Arctic ice could melt completely in summer by the middle of the century.
"The combination of record temperatures and low arctic sea ice in 2020 underscores the importance of improved and more comprehensive monitoring in a region that is warming faster than anywhere else in the world," said Carlo Buontempo, Head of the Copernicus Service.
John Terrezza looks out over a flooded street in front of his home as Hurricane Sally hits the area in Pensacola, Florida on September 16, 2020.
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Temperatures were well above average in many regions of the world, including northern Siberia, the Middle East, and parts of South America and Australia.
The last month was 0.63 degrees Celsius (1.13 Fahrenheit) warmer than average, making it 0.05 degrees Celsius (0.09 Fahrenheit) warmer than September 2019 and 0.08 degrees Celsius (1.4 Fahrenheit) warmer as September 2016, before the warmest and second warmest September makes the analysis of the agency.
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