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An unidentified man on Thursday made threats while at an FBI office building in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Local news station WLWT reports that police say that the man made threats at the FBI office and then promptly drove away, which led to Ohio State Patrol pursuing him.
The pursuit of the man has led to the shut down of I-71 and State Route 73 in both directions, WLWT reports.
The Clinton County Emergency Management Agency also announced a lockdown within a one-mile radius of the area.
The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the planet over the last 40 years, according to research published Thursday that suggests climate models are underestimating the rate of polar heating.
The United Nations' climate science panel said in a special report in 2019 that the Arctic was warming "by more than double the global average" due to a process known as Arctic amplification.
This occurs when sea ice and snow, which naturally reflect the Sun's heat, melt into sea water, which absorbs it instead.
While there is a long-held consensus among scientists that the Arctic is warming quickly, estimates vary according to the timeframe studied and the definition of what constitutes the geographic area of the Arctic.
A team of researchers based in Norway and Finland analyzed four sets of temperature data gathered by satellite studies since 1979 -- the year when satellite data became available -- over the entire Arctic circle.
They found that on average the data showed the Arctic had warmed 0.75C per decade, nearly four times quicker than the rest of the planet.
"The take in the literature is that the Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the globe, so for me it was a bit surprising that ours was so much higher than the usual number," Antti Lipponen, co-author from the Finnish Meteorological Institute, told AFP.
The study, published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment, found significant regional variations in warming rate within the Arctic circle.
For example, the Eurasian sector of the Arctic Ocean, near the Svalbard and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos, has warmed as much as 1.25C per decade -- seven times faster than the rest of the world.
The team found that even state-of-the-art climate models predicted Arctic warming to be approximately one third lower than what the observed data showed.
They said that this discrepancy may be due to previous modeled estimates being rendered out of date by continued Arctic modelling.
"Maybe the next step would be to take a look at the models and I would be really interested in seeing why the models do not reproduce what we see in observations and what impact that is having on future climate projections," said Lipponen.
As well as profoundly impacting local communities and wildlife that rely on sea ice to hunt, intense warming in the Arctic will have worldwide repercussions.
The Greenland ice sheet, which recent studies warn may be approaching a melting "tipping point", contains enough frozen water to lift Earth's oceans some six meters.
"Climate change is caused by humans. As the Arctic warms up its glaciers will melt and this will globally affect sea levels," said Lipponen.
"Something is happening in the Arctic and it will affect us all."
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Metallica, Mariah Carey and the Jonas Brothers will be among the acts performing in New York's Central Park at this year's Global Citizen Festival, the organization announced Thursday.
Rosalia, Charlie Puth, Maneskin and Mickey Guyton will join them in taking the stage at the event, which is now in its 10th year and is aimed at drumming up support for preserving international aid to eradicate extreme poverty, in addition to a number of other causes.
The Central Park concert is slated for September 24 as is a sister show in Accra, where Usher, SZA, Stormzy, H.E.R., Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Tems are all scheduled to perform.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement his country was "honored" to host Global Citizen.
"We owe to the next generation to live in a world free from poverty, disease and the degradation of the environment," he said. "We must align forces to make an impact in Africa."
Taking place since 2012 as world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, Global Citizen distributes tickets for free to supporters who pledge to take actions such as sending letters to their governments in support of development aid.
The 2022 event, which Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host, calls on world leaders as well as philanthropists to relieve debt, empower girls, improve food access and invest in climate solutions in countries that suffer climate change's worst effects but whose carbon emissions pale in comparison to the globe's richest nations.
"Decades of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises -- climate, hunger, health, war and conflict," Hugh Evans, Global Citizen's co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.
"The most marginalized populations are paying the price of the stagnant inaction of our leaders, and now millions of lives, and the future of our planet, are at stake."
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