We Just Had The Hottest Year Ever Recorded, Again: Here’s What We’re Reading

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Another record-breaking year for global temperatures

“Direct temperature measurements stretch back to 1880, but scientific research indicates the world was last this warm about 115,000 years ago and that the planet has not experienced such high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 4m years.

“In 2016, global warming delivered scorching temperatures around the world. The resulting extreme weather means the impacts of climate change on people are coming sooner and with more ferocity than expected, according to scientists.”

The Guardian

2. What to know from last night’s Conservative French-language debate

“The National Post’s Marie-Danielle Smith takes stock of three trends that dominated the stage in Quebec and are likely to become more obvious as the campaign picks up momentum for the May 27 vote.”

National Post

3. Julian Assange will not hand himself in after Chelsea Manning’s release

“WikiLeaks had pledged in a tweet that its founder would agree to be extradited to the US if Barack Obama granted clemency to Ms Manning, which he did in the final hours of his presidency. Mr Assange’s lawyers initially seemed to suggest that promise would be carried through – telling reporters that he stood by his earlier comments – but it appears now that Mr Assange will stay inside the embassy.”

– Independent

4. This is the team that runs Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page

“Zuckerberg has help, lots of it. Typically, a handful of Facebook employees manage communications just for him, helping write his posts and speeches, while an additional dozen or so delete harassing comments and spam on his page, say two people familiar with the matter. Facebook also has professional photographers snap Zuckerberg, say, taking a run in Beijing or reading to his daughter. Among them is Charles Ommanney, known most recently for his work covering the refugee crisis for the Washington Post. Company spokeswoman Vanessa Chan says Facebook is an easy way for executives to connect with various audiences.”


5. The D.B. Cooper case baffled investigators for decades. Now, scientists have a new theory

“More than four decades later, three amateur scientists think they may have found evidence that would narrow down Cooper’s identity to that of an aerospace engineer or a manager.

“The scientists, working for a group called Citizen Sleuths, said they have been analyzing particles found on a clip-on necktie that Cooper left on his seat — 18E — before jumping out of the plane.”

Washington Post