Arctic sea ice hit its lowest recorded level on Sunday and could fall even lower before the end of the year, U.S. climate researchers said this week. Using satellite measurements, scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center confirmed that a mere 1.58 million square miles of the Arctic is covered at least 15 percent by sea ice, breaking the previous low, recorded in 2007. And the melt isn't over yet: Ice at the planet's northern extreme typically continues melting through the summer, not reaching its annual minimum until September. Besides providing habitat for ice-dwelling animals like polar bears and walruses, light-colored sea ice helps keep the planet cool by reflecting solar energy back into space. The NSIDC said this year's melt has been significantly faster than normal.
A 44-year-old Montana man was struck and killed by two cars on Sunday night while attempting to stage a Bigfoot sighting. Randy Lee Tenley of Kalispell, Montana, was wandering in the right lane of highway U.S. 93 South, dressed in a military-style Ghille suit, when he was hit by two seprate vehicles driven by 15- and 17-year-old girls. “He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting,” said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Schneider after speaking with Tenley’s friends. “You can’t make it up. I haven’t seen or heard of anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him.” Alcohol may have been involved in the accident, according to authorities.
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A second person has died this summer from the rodent-borne Hantavirus after camping at Yosemite National Park. The virus, which is spread by exposure to rodent droppings and urine, has flu-like symptoms and has sickened a total of four visitors to Yosemite’s Curry Village Campground this summer. Two of the four cases have been fatal. "The health of our visitors is our paramount concern and we are making every effort to notify and inform our visitors of any potential illness," park superintendent Don Neubacher said in a statement. "We are encouraging anyone who stayed in Curry Village since June to be aware of the symptoms of hantavirus and seek medical attention at the first sign of illness."