May 17, 2017

New Zealand penguin on track for extinction

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New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin is on track for extinction by 2043 — and it's likely to be our fault, per Popular Science.

The causes: Climate change is a big problem. But increased human activity, particularly surrounding fisheries and their nets, which inadvertently entangle penguins and also reduce biodiversity amongst their habitats, is also playing a big role in speeding up their decline.

It's not just New Zealand: Contrary to popular belief, most penguins aren't Antarctic — just 4 of 18 species. That means that most penguins around the world live in close proximity to humans, and they're staring down the same problems as the yellow-eyed penguins.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.