Extreme heat on the rise

Peak high temperatures on land continue to climb despite Earth’s stalled averages

By Beth Mole, 17:55 PM February 25, 2014

A surge of heat spikes has struck land in the last 15 years or so, despite an overall plateau of global surface temperatures in the same period.


Researchers are still deciphering the reasons for Earth’s warming hiatus (SN Online: 2/9/14). But the boost in high terrestrial temperatures attests to continuing climate change, scientists argue in the March Nature Climate Change.


In an analysis led by climate scientist Sonia Seneviratne of ETH Zürich, researchers combed through global weather reco...

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