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- Billion people hold their breath as India becomes the first Asian country to reach Mars (John Bridges, The Conversation) With a project cost less than what it took to produce the movie "Gravty", India has become the first Asian country to reach Mars.
- Arctic sea ice melts to 6th-lowest level on record (Doyle Rice, USA Today) NASA satellite data has identified 17 September as the date of minimum ice coverage for the Arctic Ocean in 2014. The profile of rate of ice lost was a slow start (cool, storm-free May to July followed by rapid change for the final several weeks leading up to 17 September. This official report can be contrasted with the article from the Daily Mail which we featured on 01 September in WWRT (What We Read Today), reproduced below. See also discussions 'behind the wall'.
- Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now (David Rose, Daily Mail) Repeated from WWRT 01 September 2014. We can hardly wait for someone to declare the advent of a new ice age! Econintersect, note added 22 September: Although we ridiculed this article above, the absolute ignorance of the author in providing a snippet of data without context is now evident. There is more discussion of polar ice measurement 'behind the wall' today.
- Articles about wars elsewhere in the world:
Palestinians Seek $3.8B in Aid for Gaza (abc News)
U.S. Invokes Iraq’s Defense in Legal Justification of Syria Strikes (The New York Times)
U.S. military leaders: Strikes in Syria are just the start of a prolonged campaign (The Washington Post)
US starts air strikes on Syria as shadowy new threat emerges (The Conversation)
Around world, mixed reactions to U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria (Carol Morello and Anne Gearan, The Washington Post)
Turkey hints at Iraq Mosul hostage exchange (BBC News)
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