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Climate change pushes January 2020 to hottest in 141 years

NEW YORK -- The year has started with the hottest January in the 141 years that global records have been kept, and it's the biggest record-breaking margin -- 1.14 degrees Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average -- achieved without help from a warming El Nino event in the Pacific Ocean.

The new monthly record set by January 2020, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, continues an aggressive trend toward higher temperatures. The four hottest Januarys on record have all occurred since 2016, and the top-10 warmest have all occurred since 2002.

The new global record set by January 2020 comes just one week after the coldest continent, Antarctica, set high marks for warm temperatures. Argentine researchers measured 18.3 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit) on Feb. 6, almost a full degree above the previous high set five years ago.

Last month marked the hottest January ever in Europe, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, with surface temperatures 3.1 degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than average. No region of the Earth's land or ocean set cold records. Polar sea ice extent and Northern Hemisphere snowfall finished January below average.

--Bloomberg News

 

SpaceX set to launch another 60 internet Starlink satellites Saturday, taking total constellation to 300

ORLANDO, Fla. -- SpaceX is stepping on the accelerator to get more than 1,500 internet satellites into low-Earth orbit by the end of the year.

To do it, Elon Musk's rocket company has an ambitious schedule of launches for Starlink, the company's own constellation of satellites, that will see Falcon 9 rockets taking to the sky every few weeks from the Space Coast. The next scheduled launch is planned for Saturday at 10:46 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's launch complex 40. The weather is forecast to be 60% favorable for launch, according to the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron.

The launch will be the third one this year already for Starlink -- and it's only February. Two other Starlink launches went off in 2019.

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