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Saturday August 15th, 2020 morning edition

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(Reuters) - Greenland’s ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.

A fishing vessel sails in the ice fjord near Ilulissat, Greenland September 12, 2017.

That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year.

If all of Greenland’s ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters — enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world.

“Greenland is going to be the canary in the coal mine, and the canary is already pretty much dead at this point,” said glaciologist Ian Howat at Ohio State University.

Scientists, however, have long worried about Greenland’s fate, given the amount of water locked into the ice.

“We’re talking about how quickly rapid sea-level rise comes to our communities, our infrastructure, our homes, our military bases. »

Ryan Reynolds Opens Streaming Service That Only Streams 2003's Foolproof

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Ryan Reynolds has launched his very own streaming service with just one movie in its library, as part of a marketing campaign for Mint Mobile.

Every tech company needs a streaming service.

The world’s most affordable streaming service! — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 12, 2020. »

Mississippi blames 'typo' for including huge mosquito among new state flag designs

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Mississippi resident Thomas Rosete told the Clarion Ledger that he designed and submitted the mosquito flag as a joke on a coworker who didn't want the flag changed.

“The mosquito flag advanced to Round Two due to a typo in a list of flag numbers submitted by one commissioner,” the agency said in a statement.

One Mississippi journalist tweeted, "Fly high, mosquito flag," while another resident wrote on Twitter that "the mosquito flag is destined to be in that round!”. »

Mitt Romney slams politicians attacking mail-in voting

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday that politicians attacking the vote by mail system are threatening global democracy but stopped short of criticizing President Donald Trump, who has been openly against an expected surge of mail-in ballots.

Trump has suggested that increased mail-in voting because of the coronavirus pandemic could result in fraud and cost him reelection.

Romney said he has seen no evidence that voting by mail has led to fraud and that this voting method may be even more secure than electronic voting because it’s less likely to invite hacking interference by foreign entities. »