According to Brazilian researcher Carlos Schäfer, the thermometer at the South Pole showed 20.75 degrees last Sunday – the highest value since records began in 1961. This is reported by the “BBC”.
The previous record is from 1982, when 19.8 degrees were measured. The 20-degree mark was therefore exceeded for the first time.
No general change
The temperature measurement goes back to the Argentinian research station Marambio. It has been investigating the effects of climate change on permafrost for 20 years. Argentina has been present in Antarctica for 114 years.
“I’ve never experienced such a high temperature in the Antarctic,” said Schäfer of the BBC. However, the researcher warns that this is only a measurement and should not be seen as a general change.
The glaciers are melting away
Antarctic temperatures have risen alarmingly over the past 50 years. According to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, by almost 3 degrees. In addition, 87 percent of the glaciers along the coast have shrunk.
The melting of the glaciers in Antarctica as a result of global warming is a key factor in the global rise in sea levels, (sib)