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Record-breaking heatwave in Antarctica melted one of its island’s 20%

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The FINANCIAL — Recent heatwave hitting Antarctica Islands caused 20% of the snow to melt. These short-term heat waves can have long-lasting consequences. The Antarctic Ice Sheet lost around three trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017. On February 6, 2020, weather stations recorded the hottest temperature on record for Antarctica. Thermometers at the Esperanza Base on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula reached 18.3°C (64.9°F)—around the same temperature as Los Angeles that day. The warm spell caused widespread melting on nearby glaciers, NASA Earth Observatory reported. Eagle Island is only about 25 miles from Argentina’s Esperanza research…

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Record-breaking heatwave in Antarctica melted one of its island’s 20%

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The FINANCIAL — Recent heatwave hitting Antarctica Islands caused 20% of the snow to melt. These short-term heat waves can have long-lasting consequences. The Antarctic Ice Sheet lost around three trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017. On February 6, 2020, weather stations recorded the hottest temperature on record for Antarctica. Thermometers at the…