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THE HIGHLIGHTS

There’s a new threat to Greenland’s ice sheet. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

It’s no secret that the world is warming. Fast. The why: over the last century, humans have released lots and lots and lots of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And ICYDK, greenhouse gases trap heat. All of this makes the earth hotter...the weather more extreme...and the sea levels higher. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

We’ll explain. Scientists point at rising ocean levels as one of the most dangerous aspects of climate change. Hint: as global air temperatures increase, ice melts. That extra water causes sea levels to up. And over the next few decades, scientists say many coastal cities could be flooded and destroyed. Not good. What’s worse: this latest study, which reveals that warm ocean water is moving beneath glaciers in Greenland, causing them to melt even faster.  

 

THE DETAILS. 

Scientists discovered an underwater current funneling warm water directly beneath Greenland’s ice sheet. Big big deal, because for a while, there’s been some confusion on why these glaciers have been melting so quickly. The whole world keeps an especially close eye on Greenland’s ice sheet because it holds enough water to raise ocean levels by over 24 feet. Around the world. Devastating, btw. 

 

SO…?

Greenland’s glaciers have the potential to change the world. For the worst. TBD on whether this latest info can be used to find a solution for their rapid melting. 


THE ACTION

USA: Iowa is chaos. Quick refresher: yesterday was the Iowa caucus - aka the official start of the 2020 Democratic primary election. Voters headed to the polls to nominate a candidate to face off against Prez Trump, with the results expected to be revealed by that night. Only a slight problem...it’s Tuesday morning, and not even 1% of results have been released. At the moment, it’s not entirely clear why, but the state Dem party says there was a “reporting issue” not related to hacking or app failure. Stay tuned. Speaking of US politics, Prez Trump’s set to give his third ever State of the Union address today. The Trump team says the theme is “the Great American Comeback” and will rep his 2020 reelection message. 

 

WORLD: At least 20,000 people have now been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, with the death toll currently standing at 425. The virus has now been confirmed in 25 countries and territories worldwide. This comes after a man recently died in Hong Kong after being sickened. In other news, at least two people were killed and one injured during a shooting in a residence hall on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. No word yet on whether a suspect or a motive has been identified, but police say there don’t appear to be any further threats. And meanwhile, at least one person was killed and 5 wounded after a gunman opened fire on a Greyhound bus in California. The suspect is currently in custody. 

 

POLITICS: Japan’s looking back. Reminder: after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japan pretty much shut down its nuclear power program. Now, years later, the country is apparently planning on building as many as 22 coal-burning power plants in the next five years. And yes, all that coal would emit almost as much carbon dioxide annually as all the passenger cars sold each year in the US. Cue backlash. Meanwhile, the UK and the European Union are already clashing, just days after Brexit became official and the UK ditched the EU. The topic: a trade deal. Not yet clear whether the two govs will be able to agree on new trade rules. 


WHAT TO KNOW

‘Hamilton:’” what’s officially being made into a movie. But will the ticket prices still bankrupt us?


SAY WHAT?

“The 'world's worst cat' has been adopted” - an actual headline. That’s a little catty. 

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