Climate catastrophes made headlines across the globe.
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Between expansive wildfires, catastrophic flooding, and suffocating heat waves, summer 2022 has been extreme on many counts.
Recent data analysis from the European Union’s Copernicus Programme shows that summer 2022 — defined as June through August — broke several records across the globe.
Thanks to the surveillance of satellites and weather monitoring stations, we can confidently say that this summer was one for the record books.
Here are 5 stats from 2022’s record-breaking summer:
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Extreme temperatures swept the continent from June through August, with an average increase of 0.4 degrees Celcius from last summer.
Globally, this was the third hottest summer ever recorded.
Southwestern Europe saw particularly bad blazes this summer, fueling an increase in wildfire-induced carbon emissions.
More than 31,500 fire alerts were issued in the Amazon rainforest during the first 30 days of August.
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Those numbers make August 2022 the worst August for Amazon wildfires in ten years.
And fire season is still going strong in September.
It was at 4 percent below average, which is tied with levels from August 2002.
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Things weren’t great in the Arctic, either. There was 5 percent less sea ice than normal for August.
The worst its ever gotten was 21 percent below average in 2012.
Extended heat waves hit some countries, while others were pelted with extreme rains.
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In Pakistan, for example, the country’s meteorological department reports that the nation saw a 243 percent increase in precipitation in August.