Here’s more sobering news about the impact of global warming: Arctic sea ice is getting thinner.
In a new University of Washington study, researchers found that in one part of the Arctic, sea ice has thinned about 65 percent—from 11 feet to four feet—since 1975. In September, when Arctic sea ice typically reaches its lowest levels, the ice thinned by 85 percent, The Guardian reports. The new study is based on a variety of sources and was published in The Cryosphere, a scientific journal.
“We knew the ice was thinning, but we now have additional confirmation on how fast, and we can see that it’s not slowing down,” the study’s lead author, Ron Lindsay, a University of Washington climatologist, said in a statement.
In other news...
Ferguson, Missouri: The Ferguson Police Department has dismissed one official and placed two others on administrative leave. The actions come one day after the U.S. Department of Justice released an investigative report that found extensive, systemic racial bias within the department. (via NBC News)
Snowden: Edward Snowden, the American whistle-blower now living in Russia, is reportedly considering a return to the United States. (via The Guardian)
Fat Costs: More than one-third of Americans are obese. Our fat is hurting the economy—lowering worker productivity, widening the gender gap, and raising transportation costs. (via Bloomberg)
Fruit: More American children are eating fruit at school, thanks partly to a new Obama administration health strategy. This is according to a new study by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. (via The New York Times)
Police Violence: Los Angeles police officers were involved in a violent altercation Wednesday with a man in a section of the city frequented by homeless people. This comes days after a homeless man was fatally shot by Los Angeles police. (via Fox 11 Los Angeles)
Bye-Bye, Elephants: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will remove elephants from its shows starting in 2018. (via The Associated Press)
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