The temperature in Antarctica reached its highest in recorded history on Feb. 6: a springlike 65 degrees. Scientists recently announced that January was the warmest month globally in recorded history.
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At least 138 people whom the United States deported to El Salvador have been killed there, and dozens more were sexually assaulted, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. Most of the deaths took place within a year of their return, some within days. The gang-plagued country has one of the world’s highest murder rates, and the number of its citizens seeking asylum in the United States grew nearly 10-fold between 2012 and 2017. Only about 18 percent are granted asylum.
Astronomers say that SpaceX’s efforts to build an orbital satellite platform called Starlink has put 240 highly reflective satellites in the night sky, interfering with their telescopes’ ability to see into space. The satellites, sent aloft in recent months by the Elon Musk–founded company to deliver high-speed internet all over the world, are so bright they can be seen with the naked eye, creating new “light pollution” everywhere. SpaceX plans to launch 30,000 more.
The Department of Homeland Security has spent almost $1.3 million to buy access to commercial databases that track the movements of undocumented and legal immigrants using data transmitted from apps on their cellphones. The tracking information is apparently being used for enforcement purposes.
The Wall Street Journal