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The melting of the ice shelves in the Arctic regions of the planet’s north and south continues, resulting in increasing sea levels and serious climatic and economic implications for Europe.

Earth Day, which commemorates the beginning of the modern environmental movement in 1970, was recently observed on April 22. This year’s virtual Leaders Summit on Climate began on April 22nd, with the United States, led by Vice President Joe Biden, and other countries pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by the middle of the century.On Earth Day, the Copernicus Climate Change Service, which is sponsored by the European Union, released its annual European State of the Climate study. This study provides an accessible snapshot of Europe’s environment in 2020 and the global context, as well as an overview of significant climatic events over the previous year.

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It was one of the three warmest years on record on a global scale. Temperatures in northern Siberia were more than 6°C above normal for the entire year, with dry conditions and record-breaking fire activity in the summer. For the majority of the summer and autumn, sea ice in the adjacent Arctic seas was at an all-time low.Europe recorded the highest yearly temperature in 2020. Winter was especially warm and set records, above average at more than 3.4°C.

The Arctic warms twice as quickly as the rest of the world and has record temperatures in 2020 is no secret already. In September 2020, Arctic maritime ice reached its second lowest minimum since 1979, at a monthly mean level 35 percent below the 1981-2010 average of the record minimum in 2012.

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Is the EU prepared to confront and mitigate the environmental and economic consequences of a warming Arctic? The topic will be discussed by a high-level panel of experts at a webinar hosted by The Brussels Times and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on Wednesday (5 April) at 14.30 (CET).

Alain Hubert, a Belgian polar explorer, climate expert, and member of the International Polar Foundation, will be among the panelists. In 1994, he became the first Belgian to cross the North Pole, and in Antarctica, he oversaw the building of the world’s first zero-emission research station.
Source: The Brussels Times

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