In a bit of good environmental news, NASA reports that the ozone hole over the South Pole has shrunk to its smallest extent since the anomaly was first discovered in 1982. Although international efforts in reducing the production of ozone-depleting compounds have been instrumental in allowing the ozone layer toread more

Sea ice levels in the Arctic and Antarctic are growing at a record-slow pace this season, according to multiple sources. While this year’s summer low for the northern hemisphere wasn’t as bad as the current record, set in 2012, the autumn rebound is falling well short of both the fall of 2012’s growth rate and the 37-year average. The Antarctic is following suit, with the summer melt shrinking the ice there at a record speeds.