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News in Brief 1 September 2020

  • Arctic and Alps hit by scorching heat: WMO
  • Millions of children locked out of school due to COVID-19
  • Journalists play "lifesaving" role in pandemic pushback
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News in Brief 24 July 2020

  • Arctic on fire, shows need for climate action
  • US protests should be free of violence fears
  • Push for peace in Mali: UN rights experts
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Dramatic Arctic fires and sea ice melt, show need for urgent climate action

“Exceptional and prolonged” temperatures in Siberia, have left parts of the Arctic warmer than sub-tropical Florida, and fuelled “devastating” wildfires for a second consecutive year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday, while warning also of rapidly decreasing sea ice along the Russian polar coast.

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO

Reports that temperatures in a Russian town in the Arctic Circle likely reached a record 38C (100.4F), last weekend, have been approved by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) pending final verification, it said on Tuesday.

UN-backed scientific boat completes record-breaking drift across Arctic

The United Nations-supported polar research boat Tara has broken free from the Arctic ice sheet after a record-breaking scientific expedition of over 500 days drifting across the top of the world to gauge the impact of global warming and pollution.