Africa Outruns Covid, Unexpectedly

Experts once expected Africa to suffer catastrophically from Covid-19. Yet infections have been falling across the continent from comparatively muted levels since July 2021. One possible explanation is that government data is wildly inaccurate, portraying a misleading picture of on-the-ground challenges. Limited vaccine coverage, after all,

Antarctica Sheds Ice, Unprompted by Climate Change

The seventh continent is now a bit less robust. In mid-May, an iceberg about half the size of Puerto Rico broke off from an ice shelf into the Weddell Sea. This massive chunk of ice could be meandering its way toward the barely-populated Sandwich Islands, where it may eventually interfere with shipping lanes.