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Why is 2016 smashing heat records?…and more

Why is 2016 smashing heat records?

Global land and ocean temperature anomalies, January-December. Photograph: Noaa

Global land and ocean temperature anomalies, January-December. Photograph: Noaa

Yet another global heat record has been beaten. It appears January 2016 – the most abnormally hot month in history, according to Nasa – will be comprehensively trounced once official figures come in for February. Initial satellite measurements, compiled by Eric Holthaus at Slate, put February’s anomaly from the pre-industrial average between 1.15C and 1.4C. The UN Paris climate agreement struck in December seeks to limit warming to 1.5C if possible…

 

Flooding adds to misery of migrants stuck on the Greek-Macedonian border

Heavy rain has flooded parts of the makeshift camp where up to 12,000 people have sought refuge. Children and the elderly are among those living in cold and difficult conditions at the Idomeni camp. Syrian migrant Intisar Ali, who is nine-months pregnant, said: “This is full of water, so the people come here, and seven persons, and our bucket is full of water, so it’s so cold. “And you see our clothes, all of this full of water because we didn’t have a place.” Those affected by the flooding have tried to salvage what they can of their few possessions. Another migrant, Taha from Aleppo in Syria said: “You can swim and sleep at the same time.” Only a handful of migrants are being let through the border every day, causing a long agonising wait for those seeking asylum…

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