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Climate Change

Arctic record temperature of 38 C rings geopolitical alarm bells

Increasingly navigable polar ocean will bring larger military presence: analyst

Inside the Mendenhall Glacier ice cave in Juneau, Alaska: Record temperatures are melting the Arctic's ice, with far-reaching implications. (Photo courtesy of the Arctic Council Secretariat/Linnea Nordstrom)

MOSCOW/NEW YORK -- A temperature of 38 C, or 100 degrees Fahrenheit, marked in a Siberian town on June 20, 2020, has been recognized as the highest ever recorded above the Arctic Circle, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

The United Nations agency said the reading at Verkhoyansk in Russia's Sakha Republic is "more befitting the Mediterranean than the Arctic."

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