Antartica’s Largest Iceberg Will Soon Be Non-Existent

On its course to the equator, this massive iceberg breaking off of Antartica’s Ross Shelf is nearing destruction.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/62759-largest-antarctic-iceberg-b15-is-melting.html

The iceberg, called B-15, has been drifting away from Antartica for around 20 years, covering more than 6,600 miles. The iceberg has gradually fractured into multiple smaller sections, and the section pictured is called B-15Z.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/62759-largest-antarctic-iceberg-b15-is-melting.html

This map tracks the course of B-15Z over time, and the iceberg is now passing the South Georgian Islands. The iceberg is nearing the equator, and the warmer tropical waters will quickly melt away the gargantuan ice mass,

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Policies To Stop Mass Shootings Are Not The Answer: The Overlooked Complexities Of Gun Violence

Mass shootings don’t represent the majority of firearm deaths in America and out of the 33,000+ firearm deaths per year, two-thirds of the deaths are suicides (orange), one-third are homicides (blue), and a small percentage are accidents (yellow). Even with the national attention on gun violence due to recent mass shootings, gun reform policies still need to reflect the diverse range of people affected by gun violence every day. 66% of gun homicide victims are black while the majority of mass shootings and suicides are from white men. Suicides present another demographic of people which are the elderly, while most mass shooters are under the age of 50. Having universal background checks, which is a supported solution to stopping mass shooters, won’t stop an older person with no criminal record from obtaining a gun. To reduce gun deaths, a unique, specified approach will need to be taken that considers the different sources of societal gun violence as well as the recent, devastating mass shootings.

This image breaks down the yearly deaths by a firearm with suicides (orange), homicides (blue), and accidents (yellow).

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Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/mass-shootings-are-a-bad-way-to-understand-gun-violence/

This image quantifies the predominant majority that firearm suicides have over homicides.

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Source: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts

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The Contributing Factors Of Regional U.S. Gun Violence

Source: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts

This image explains how regions like the South-East and West without preventative gun reform laws have higher concentrations of firearm deaths. This is a striking correlation as other health factors like stress and mental health don’t necessarily relate to gun violence. As Richard Florida states, “States with tighter gun control laws have fewer gun-related deaths.”