16 Aug '11, 9pm

So far in 2011, 6 nations experienced record-high temps; 0 experienced record lows, reports @mongabay

Arctic sea ice in free fall: new record low for July (08/10/2011) Average Arctic sea ice extent hit a new record low for July according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).If the melt continues apace, the sea ice extent could hit its lowest point since record keeping by satellite began 32 years ago. However, ice loss slowed through the second half of July as weather grew colder in the Arctic, and by the end of the month was slightly above conditions in 2007, in which the lowest sea ice extent ever was measured. Chart: US suffers record drought (08/01/2011) An exceptional drought is still scorching major parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. A new report from the National Drought Mitigation Center finds that over July, nearly 12 percent of the US saw exceptional drought conditions, the highest record since monitoring began a dozen years. Exceptio...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0816-hance_record_temps.html

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