Antarctica is hotter than Shimla!
If you want to go somewhere cold, Antarctica wouldn’t be your first choice. Not because it’s far off, but because places in India are colder than this continent.
It recorded its highest temperature at 18.3°C last week. Actually, it’s warmer than many places on the earth with rising temperatures. Last time such temperatures were recorded was in March 2015 when the mercury level had gone up to 17.5°C.
The temperature was recorded at Esperanza base — a permanent research station in the Trinity Peninsula, and one of only two civilian settlements in Antarctica.
The Antarctic region is heating up rapidly due to heat-trapping gas pollution from humans. And the warming observed here has serious global consequences, especially for the millions of people living on the world’s coasts who are vulnerable to sea level rise.
The Antarctic peninsula where the record-breaking temperature was measured is one of the fastest warming places on Earth, with temperatures rising nearly 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) in just the last 50 years.
There are 30 different countries that operate 80 research stations situated around the continent. The human inhabitants who occupy these facilities number around 4,000 during the summer months and only 1,000 during the long, harsh winters.