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NEWS: Around the Arctic May 31, 2012 - 8:01 am

Photo: Arctic heat wave unsettles scientists

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Two girls cool off outside Nuuk this past week during a record-breaking heat wave in Greenland. On May 29 temperatures in the southern Greenland town of Narsarsuaq hit 24.8 C — the hottest temperature ever recorded in Greenland in May and close to breaking the highest temperature ever recorded in Greenland. The previous record for May, a temperature of 22.4 C, was recorded May 31, 1991 in Kangerlussuaq. The heat comes as scientists say recording stations in the Arctic and Mongolia have registered levels of carbon dioxide, a gas that warms the atmosphere, which haven't been as high for 800,000 years. Scientists quoted in reports say those levels are
Two girls cool off outside Nuuk this past week during a record-breaking heat wave in Greenland. On May 29 temperatures in the southern Greenland town of Narsarsuaq hit 24.8 C — the hottest temperature ever recorded in Greenland in May and close to breaking the highest temperature ever recorded in Greenland. The previous record for May, a temperature of 22.4 C, was recorded May 31, 1991 in Kangerlussuaq. The heat comes as scientists say recording stations in the Arctic and Mongolia have registered levels of carbon dioxide, a gas that warms the atmosphere, which haven't been as high for 800,000 years. Scientists quoted in reports say those levels are "an indication that we're in a different world." (PHOTO BY LEIFF JOSEFSEN, SERMITSIAQ AG)

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