Weekly news briefs: Feb. 1

Atlanta Beltline creates an agreement with APS

Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta Beltline sparked a deal that would ensure that the Beltline would have funding and the school district will get their share of money, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The agreement would make Atlanta pay a total of $73.5 million until 2030, and pay past debts to APS totalling approximately $14.8 million. By paying APS through a trustee, as stated in the agreement, the school district will also get paid faster. The deal was brought to the Atlanta City Council on Feb. 1 for approval.

Astrophysicist calls B.o.B out his world is flat theory

Recently, Atlanta rapper B.o.B. posted on Twitter that he staunchly believes the Earth is flat. World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson felt the need to correct the recording artist, according to CNN. B.o.B launched a rebuttal to Tyson by debuting “Flatline,” a diss track touting claims of ‘society’s lies.’ Then, Tyson went on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” to tell B.o.B that the world is round and then went on to rap, “It’s a fundamental fact of calculus and non-Euclidean geometry. Small sections of large curved surfaces will always look flat to little creatures that crawl upon it,” to prove his point. There is not yet evidence to suggest that B.o.B. is just trying to get someone to fly him into space.

Increasing climate change affects Africa

Kenya’s Lake Turkana, which locals in Africa depend on for food, water and employment, is drying up, according to the Washington Post. There has been less rain each year and droughts are becoming more prevalent in Kenya. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that the temperatures in Africa will rise faster than the rest of the world in the 21st century. This climate change has been attributed to greenhouse-gas emissions. Long term, it is expected for cereal crops in sub-Saharan Africa to be diminished by more than 20 percent.