Greenland Is Falling Apart: Island’s Ice Sheet Has Lost 11 Quadrillion Pounds of Water Since 1972

EU Votes to Create Huge Biometrics Database ; Deforestation in North Korea ; and More Picks

Greenland ice melting, climate change
The author writes, “A new study finds that the Greenland Ice Sheet added a quarter inch of water to global sea levels in just the past eight years. The research, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, covers nearly 20 years previously not included in our detailed understanding of the troubled Greenland Ice Sheet. It finds that climate change has already bled trillions of tons of ice from the island reservoir, with more loss than expected coming from its unstable northern half.” Photo credit: Markus Trienke / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Law Enforcement Loses a Round in Legislative Fight Over Police Use of Deadly Force (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “California law enforcement has been trying to fend off tighter restrictions on the use of deadly force. But police unions lost a round on Tuesday when the state Legislature gutted parts of a bill they were pushing that would have effectively codified the status quo.”

Judge OKs $235M in Bonuses for PG&E Employees, as Company Struggles With Bankruptcy (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “A federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday approved PG&E’s plans to pay an estimated $235 million in employee bonuses this year, despite objections from lawyers for victims of the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires.”

EU Votes to Create Gigantic Biometrics Database (DonkeyHotey)

From ZDNet: “The European Parliament voted last week to interconnect a series of border-control, migration, and law enforcement systems into a gigantic, biometrics-tracking, searchable database of EU and non-EU citizens. This new database will be known as the Common Identity Repository (CIR) and is set to unify records on over 350 million people.”

With Widespread Deforestation, North Korea Faces an Environmental Crisis (Mili)

From Scientific American: “Depleted topsoil from lost trees makes farming difficult, exacerbating hunger in the hermit state.”

Here Are the Fastest Growing and Shrinking Counties in America (Chris)

The author writes, “The Census Bureau recently released its annual estimates for how the populations of each of the 3,142 counties and county-equivalents in the US changed in the year between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018.”

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