History's Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin ; Attack of the ‘Pink Slime’ News Outlets ; and More Picks 12/20

The Arctic Is a Ticking Time Bomb That’s Close to Going Off (Mili)

The author writes, “Though the permafrost has been thawing in recent years, the carbon it releases is usually taken up by plant life growing in the summer, so the Arctic has not been a contributor to climate change — until now, that is.”

History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin (Mili)

The author writes, “It’s underwater — and the consequences are unimaginable.”

Attack of the ‘Pink Slime’ News Outlets (Russ)

From Columbia Journalism Review: “An increasingly popular tactic challenges conventional wisdom on the spread of electoral disinformation: the creation of partisan outlets masquerading as local news organizations. An investigation by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School has discovered at least 450 websites in a network of local and business news organizations, each distributing thousands of algorithmically generated articles and a smaller number of reported stories. Of the 450 sites we discovered, at least 189 were set up as local news networks across ten states within the last twelve months by an organization called Metric Media.”

Can the Internet Survive Climate Change? (Chris)

The author writes, “The internet is inextricably tied to the coming horrors of the climate crisis. … It is the largest coal-fired machine on the entire planet, accounting for 10 percent of global electricity demand.”

Congressman Could’ve Sworn Last Impeachment Was Catered (Chris)

From the Onion: “Looking around the chamber for some sort of food station, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) told reporters Wednesday that he could’ve sworn the last impeachment hearing he attended was catered. ‘When we were impeaching Clinton in the ’90s, I’m pretty sure there was a whole spread with, like, soups and sandwiches and a prime rib carving station,’ said a peckish Young, explaining that he purposefully didn’t bring lunch today because he assumed the House of Representatives would be providing them with a buffet.”