In other news, the Senate has confirmed Janet Yellen to be the next treasury secretary. She's the first woman to ever hold the position.
Meanwhile, the Senate also confirmed Anthony Blinken to be the next secretary of state. Blinken formerly served as the ambassador to Russia and former deputy secretary of state under President Obama.
Finally, British researchers say global ice is melting faster than ever.
Between 1994 and 2017, the Earth lost 28 trillion metric tons of ice, the survey showed. That is an amount roughly equivalent to a sheet of ice 100 meters thick covering the state of Michigan or the entire U.K.—and the meltwater from so much ice loss has raised the sea level just over an inch or so world-wide, the scientists said.
“It’s such a huge amount it’s hard to imagine it,” said Thomas Slater, a research fellow at the U.K.’s University of Leeds Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling and the lead author of a paper describing the new research. “Ice plays a crucial role in regulating the global climate, and losses will increase the frequency of extreme weather events such as flooding, fires, storm surges and heat waves.”