January 2020 was the warmest January on record, according to both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Copernicus Climate Change Service system. Global average temperatures for the month came in at 1.14°C (2.05°F) above the 20th-century average, and beat the previous record (January 2016) by 0.02°C (0.04°F). Despite this recordread more

A record-high temperature was recorded in Antarctica on February 6, with the thermometer hitting 18.3°C (64.9°F) at Esperanza Base, on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, according to Argentina’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN). This temperature beats the previous record of 17.5°C (63.5°F) by 0.8°C (1.44°F), made at the sameread more

An abandoned repository of over 3.1 million cubic feet  (87,782 cubic meters) of radioactive debris left over from nuclear testing in the South Pacific is in danger of being cracked open by rising ocean levels, threatening to spill large amounts of the nuclear waste contained within—including highly-toxic plutonium—into the surroundingread more