Jun 1, 2017

Delaware-sized iceberg is close to breaking off Antarctica

A long crack in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica grew 11 miles last week, leaving only 8 miles until the 2,000 square mile iceberg is set free into the Southern Ocean."There appears to be very little to prevent the iceberg from breaking away completely," according to Project MIDAS researchers

Why it matters: The iceberg breaking off from the ice shelf will not raise the sea level itself, since the ice is already floating. But as the ice shelves thin, glaciers flow quicker into the sea, which could then cause sea levels to rise.

Keep in mind: Larsen C ice shelf has far less ice beneath it than other ice shelves that are losing mass, the Washington Post points out.

Big picture: Another global warming effect resurfaces just as Trump makes his decision on whether to stay in or leave the Paris Climate Agreement today.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.