Daily Update for Friday, October 27

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Photo: Petrobras/Divulgação

Pre-Salt Auction

Source: Globo

Pre-salt layers are going to be auctioned off today for the first time since the end of the Petrobrás monopoly. The operation can increase government coffers by as much as R$7.75 billion. There are 8 blocks up for grabs, and Petrobrás itself, ExxonMobil, Shell, and 13 others will be bidding.

 

Photo: Jonathan Clay/US Navy/AFP

Rescued at Sea

Source: Globo

Two American women and their dogs were rescued after drifting for months in the Pacific Ocean. On May 30, their motor conked out, and they thought they could finish their trip using their sails. However, after two months, they realized they wouldn’t make it, and began sending out distress signals. On October 24, a Taiwan fishing boat finally found them about 900 miles to the southeast of Japan, and they were rescued the next day. They survived on desalinized water and dehydrated food.

Matt Rourke/Associated Press

Twitter Bans Russian News Outlets

Source: The New York Times

Twitter has banned all advertising by two Russian news outlets,  RT and Sputnik, saying they attempted to “interfere” in the U.S. presidential election last year on behalf of the Russian government. This is one of the most aggressive moves by an American social media company against Kremlin-backed news outlets, which United States intelligence officials have linked to a wide-ranging Kremlin effort to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.

 

Jugal K. Patel/The New York Times. Source: Sentinel 2 | Delft University of Technology

Climate Changes

Source: New York Times

Two of Antartica’s fastest-moving glaciers are shedding an increasing amount of ice into the Amundsen Sea each year. The ice’s flow at the Pine Island glacier has accelerated 75 percent from 1973 to 2010. Scientists are studying how these ice shelves respond to climate change, raising global water levels and threatening coastal cities.

And in India, farmers lives have been uprooted by a hotter, drier climate. And temperatures are expected to rise even more.

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