This week at Pacific Standard, we brought you stories about the Trump administration's evolving immigration policy, the feminist philosophy behind Ocean's 8, and the Department of the Interior's decision to nix a study on the public-health effects of mining. We also rolled out two fascinating features from the current issue of the magazine: a story from the front lines of extinction as the vaquita vanishes, and another about efforts to bring back the already-vanished California grizzly.
But we're a small newsroom; we can't cover everything. Here are a few other stories we're watching from this week.
Antarctic Ice Is Melting at an Alarming and Unprecedented Rate
A new report published this week in Nature concludes that the rate at which ice around Antarctica is melting has tripled over the last five years. Led by scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom, the report finds that Antartica has lost close to three billion tons of ice since 1992, leading to sea level rise of roughly 7.6 millimeters. "This is re-writing the rule book with regard to our understanding of the processes controlling ice sheet change in Antarctica," Pippa Whitehouse, a research fellow at Durham University in the United Kingdom, told Axios.*
Hundreds of People Are Still Missing After Guatemala's Volcanic Eruption
About 200 people are still listed as missing following the June 3rd eruption of Volcán de Fuego, which killed 110. The search was suspended last week due to volcanic activities and heavy rains, the Associated Press reports, but resumed this week. Meanwhile, the United Nations' refugee agency is working to find shelter for people whose homes were destroyed, and more than 5,000 people are already estimated to be living in temporary shelters.
San Francisco Elected Its First-Ever African-American Female Mayor
Following a tight race, London Breed was elected mayor of San Francisco after former state senator Mark Leno conceded on Wednesday. Breed will be the second woman ever to hold the position, and the first black woman. Beyond being a historic moment for San Francisco, Breed's election is part of a broader trend of black women gaining political power. Stacy Abrams recently became the first black woman to be a party nominee for governor after winning the Democratic primary in Georgia.
*Update—June 21, 2018: This article has been updated to reflect the correct number of tons of ice Antarctica has lost since 1992.