New findings in the journal Nature are suggesting that global warming could be much more devastating and on a faster timeline than they previously thought.
The study found that Greenland's ice sheet has been melting over the last few million years and would melt more rapidly as the earth warmed up. Previously, scientists thought that the ice sheet did not melt throughout history, so current sea level assumptions are based off of the ice sheets not melting and not contributing to the rising sea level. With this new information, scientists have guessed that if the ice sheet melted, global sea levels would rise 25 feet, more than enough to devastate coastal cities around the world.
The leader of the study, Joerg Schaefer of Columbia University, said that the melting process would take several hundred years, but we should still be concerned because the melted Greenland ice sheet would accelerate things severely.
Researchers have stressed the importance of policy change in order not to go above 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 as a start to fixing and mitigating this complex problem—a problem that coastal cities like Miami are already seeing the effects of. Discuss
The South Korean Parliament voted to impeach their president, Park Geun-hye, because of a corruption scandal.
Park, the country's first female president, is the daughter of former military dictator, Park Chung-hee, and won the presidency with that support.
Park mentioned that she did not plan to resign.
“I am gravely accepting the voices of the people and the National Assembly, and I sincerely hope that the confusion will come to a satisfactory end,” she said in a national broadcast.
Park was accused of allowing a non-governmental friend to weigh in and influence topics from her wardrobe to who would be placed in official positions; she is also accused of extorting millions from South Korean companies with the help of this friend.
At the hearing, Park gave her fourth public apology in less than two months, but stopped short of admitting wrongdoing. She instead apologized for a "lack of discretion and [her] carelessness.
The South Korean Constitutional Court is currently considering whether she will be removed from her position or not—their decision will come in the next six months. Discuss
Officials in Russia have announced that the Syrian army will temporarily stop bombing Eastern Aleppo, where nearly 8,000 trapped civilians will be evacuated. The area has been under heavy attack for months, as Syrian forces attempt to take it back from rebel groups.
For their part, the U.S. is cautiously optimistic about the development, telling the BBC, it’s an "indication that something positive could happen but we're going to have to wait and see … Our approach to the situation has been to listen carefully to what the Russians say, but scrutinise their actions.” Discuss
Russia says Syrian army has suspended fighting around east Aleppo for evacuation of civilians https://t.co/N5f9ZBwRz9
Angela Merkel, a German politician who has been criticized for her policies toward refugees, is under fire again. But for a different reason this time.
The Chancellor suggested that her party ban full-face veils "wherever legally possible," according to The New York Times. She later accepted her party's nomination for another four-year term. This may be a strategic effort to regain support from moderates and voters being courted by far-right forces who appeal to a growing anti-immigrant sentiment.
Merkel doubled-down on a "law and order" platform by promising that Sharia law (or Islamic law) will never replace governing German laws. In addition to that, she added the following statements on face coverings: “Here we say, ‘Show your face ... So full veiling is not appropriate here. It should be prohibited wherever legally possible.”
She did not clarify what circumstances this should include. As the anti-immigrant sentiment across the world heightens, chances are this isn't the last type of comment we'll hear from Merkel or other world leaders like this one. Discuss
President Barack Obama is going to visit Pearl Harbor with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the end of the month as an act of reconciliation. The announcement was made today, only two days before the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This week also marks 6 months since Obama visited the memorial at Hiroshima for the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing.
The two leaders have been working to restore the relationship between the U.S. and Japan. The White House confirmed the meet-up stating, "the visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values."
Abe apparently plans to pray for the war dead at the naval base as well as hold a final summit meeting with Obama when he visits Hawaii on December 26 and 27. He told the press, “This will be a visit to console the souls of the victims. I would like to show to the world the resolve that horrors of war should never be repeated.”
This will be the first time a leader from Japan has visited the site of the infamous attack since the end of World War II. Discuss
Five men in Pakistan have been sentenced to death for burning a Christian couple alive back in November 2014. The couple was attacked by a mob of 600 people and then thrown into a kiln after burning a few pages of the Qur’an.
The wife, Shama Bibi, was three months pregnant at the time and apparently had a father who had used verses from the Qur’an to perform black magic. This is reportedly why she burned some of the pages and threw them into the garbage outside of her home.
Shama Bibi and her husband Shahzad Masih originally went to the kiln’s owner to resolve the matter. The man assured them nothing would happen but forced the couple to work as bonded laborers because of an outstanding debt they held with him. Only two days later, the mob came and threw Shama Bibi and Shahzad Masih in the kiln.
The event created enough national outrage to move the case to the anti-terrorism court where 50 people were charged for, “the use or threat of action …to coerce and intimidate or overawe the Government or the public …or create a sense of fear or insecurity in society.”
Christianity Today quoted Riaz Anjum from the Voice Society saying, “Although several of the suspects were acquitted after statements by Shahzad’s brothers, still five have received the punishment of death, which is an extraordinary step by the court.” Discuss