A record-breaking heatwave in Siberia would have been almost impossible without human-caused climate change, a study has found. The Russian region’s temperatures were more than 5C above average between January and June of this year. Temperatures exceeded 38C in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on 20 June, the highest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic circle. The Arctic is believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average. An international team of climate scientists, led by the UK Met Office, found the record average temperatures were likely to happen less than once every 80,000 years without human-induced climate change.
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The Great Lakes of North America are giving scientists cause for concern after registering the highest water temperatures on record for this time of year. The spike comes after exceptionally hot weather along the eastern half of the US-Canadian border, and amid a pattern of annual water temperature rises in most of the past 25 years, encouraging algal blooms that can reduce water quality and harm some aquatic species. Lake Erie, which is the shallowest of the five Great Lakes and the fourth largest by surface area, is worst affected: on July 10 it registered an average water temperature of 26.4C; about 5C above normal for this time of year and its joint-warmest mark ever recorded.
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