New Brunswick, N.J. (July 1, 2020) – The South Pole warmed more than three times the global rate from 1989 to 2018 – a record period of warming, according to a Rutgers coauthored study in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The recent warming is localized in the South Pole region and is significantly higher than the average warming across Antarctica during the 30-year period, according to the study. The extreme South Pole warming is within the range of natural variability, based on climate modeling simulations, but warming caused by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions likely intensified it.

The study: Coauthor Benjamin R. Lintner, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers–New Brunswick, is available to comment at

Coauthor James R. Miller, a professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers–New Brunswick, is available to comment at


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