North Pole above freezing in sign of ‘sudden’ and ‘very serious’ climate change

It is very serious…it is an increasing concern that this is happening rapidly on so many fronts’

By Ian Johnston

Temperatures near the North Pole have risen above freezing in the latest sign of the “sudden” and “very serious” changes to the Earth’s climate.

The US Weather Channel reported that at least five buoys near the pole had recorded temperatures between zero and 1.2C on Tuesday this week.

At the same time, parts of central Russia have seen temperatures of -40C.

Professor Peter Wadhams, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at Cambridge University, told The Independent that such warmth in the Arctic at this time of year was once virtually unheard of.

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