The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling oceanic graveyard where discarded, man-made trash is deposited by the currents, is four to 16 times bigger than previously thought, occupying an area roughly four times the size of California, a new study found. It comprises an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of rubbish—including 87,000 tons of plastic that disintegrate into small particles and are eaten by fish.
In total, about 30,000 North Koreans have defected to the South, where they are welcomed with free housing, inexpensive medical care, and job training. But the passage has become harder since Kim Jong Un succeeded his father as leader in 2011, and those who are caught are tortured. Last year, 1,127 North Koreans arrived in the South, just one-third of the annual number before Kim came to power.
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Remington Outdoor, the oldest gun manufacturer in the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy. The company, founded in 1816, says that sales have dropped significantly since President Trump’s election because consumers no longer fear a total gun ban.
The toxic impact of Hurricane Harvey was far more widespread than authorities initially admitted. More than 100 chemical spills occurred in the storm’s aftermath, including 500 million gallons of industry wastewater that leaked out of a chemical plant east of Houston. Cancer-causing pollutants such as benzene, vinyl chloride, and butadiene have been found in neighborhoods and waterways.
President Trump’s approval rating has risen to 42%, up 7% since February and the highest in 11 months. 54% disapprove. Republican approval of the president is at 86%.
In a poll taken after the scandal regarding Facebook’s misuse of data, just 41% of Americans say they trust the social media network to obey U.S. privacy laws. 66% say they trust Amazon, 62% trust Google, and 60% trust Microsoft.