If you ask nearly all the world's climate scientists, there's simply no debate: The planet is warming as amounts of greenhouse gases rise in the air — and human activity is primarily to blame. But Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, insists on debating climate change. And that debate, apparently, might be televised,
Reuters reported on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: Antarctic ice shelf crack is moving at record speeds, poised to cleave off massive iceberg any minute Doubters of mainstream climate science, including Pruitt, argue that dissenting views haven't been heard by the scientific community. They falsely claim that plenty of questions still remain about the scientific evidence for human-caused global warming. In reality, however, while there is uncertainty about how quickly and severely rising temperatures will affect the planet, there's virtually no doubt among climate scientists that climate change is happening — and that it's happening because of us. Image: NASA GISSBy calling for a debate, Pruitt creates a false narrative that casts his critics as stubborn, inflexible bullies who are hell-bent on destroying the fossil fuel industry. In this scenario, climate scientists and their allies are jealously guarding the climate discussion. Why don't other folks, like coal company executives, get to have a say? Rather than inform the public, all this does is cast clouds of distrust and disbelief over the scientific community. That's why climate scientists say calls for such debates are disconcerting: According to the Trump administration, satellite observations, ground measurements, field research, and deeply scrutinized results — gathered over decades and from across the globe — simply aren't sufficiently convincing. In the interview with
Reuters, Pruitt called for a "robust discussion" about climate change, though he didn't explain how the scientists participating in that discussion would be chosen. Asked if the debate should be televised, Pruitt told
Reuters: "I think so. I think so. I mean, I don’t know yet, but you want this to be open to the world. You want this to be on full display. I think the American people would be very interested in consuming that. I think they deserve it." Image: Ed HawkinsThe TV debate would likely build on or coincide with the Trump administration's plans to host so-called "red team, blue team" debates on climate science. Pruitt, who denies that carbon dioxide is the main cause of global warming (it is), would reportedly help pick the experts. He's floated the idea in recent weeks, saying such discussions would be modeled on processes used for evaluating military battle plans and ways that spacecraft engineers test critical systems or investigate accidents. Many climate scientists said they see this plan as a direct assault on the scientific process. Looping in non-experts to debate climate science would be like asking a person who likes looking at the stars to go head-to-head with actual astronomers and physicists. "It's one thing to respond to legitimate scientific criticism, quite another to refute unconstrained nonsense," Kate Marvel, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, previously told
. WATCH: It's official, 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record
Not long ago, in the early 1990s, scientists only speculated that teleportation using quantum physics could be possible. Since then, the process has become a standard operation in quantum optics labs around the world. In fact, just last year, two separate teams conducted the world's first quantum teleportation outside of a laboratory.
Facing a frenzy of criticism over emails showing he had sought incriminating information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, Donald Trump Jr. said he would have “done things a little differently” with regards to a 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. In a Tuesday interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump Jr. gamely attempted damage control over back-to-back New York Times reports regarding a June meeting he took with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with alleged ties to the Russian government and its spy agency. The meeting was set up by Bob Goldstone, a publicist who had previously helped broker a deal between President Trump and a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, and who had promised Trump Jr. dirt on the Clinton campaign in June 2016.
Actor Nelsan Ellis, who starred on the HBO show "True Blood," has died of heart failure at the age of 39. On Saturday (July 8), Ellis' manager, Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor had died "after complications with heart failure." There are many conditions that can lead to heart failure. On Monday (July 10) the news site TMZ reported that Ellis' heart failure was triggered by alcohol withdrawal complications when the actor attempted to quit drinking.
The rapid pace of global warming and ice melting at the poles have underscored the "critical" need for the United States to build four new polar icebreaker ships, US officials said Tuesday. Congress called for the report amid concerns about the United States' lack of a fleet -- with just three aging icebreakers, one of which is entirely broken down, and another designed mainly for science research. "For more than 30 years, studies have underscored the need for US icebreakers to maintain presence, sovereignty, leadership, and research capacity, but the nation has failed to make the recommended investments," said an accompanying statement by Richard West, retired rear admiral of the US Department of the Navy and chair of the committee that authored the report.
Today, the U.S. Department of Defense selected Angle’s small San Jose-based company, Paradromics Inc., to lead one of six consortia it is backing with $65 million to develop technologies able to record from one million individual neurons inside a human brain simultaneously. In April, Elon Musk announced he was backing Neuralink, a $100 million company working on a brain-computer interface. Facebook followed up by saying that it had started work on a thought-to-text device to let people silently compose e-mails or posts.
The quest to create a real link between machines and human brains has potentially groundbreaking consequences. If high-functioning implants can be developed to link human brains with computers, people who have gone blind or deaf could possibly receive sensory information that would restore some, if not all, of their lost capabilities. An agency of the U.S. military announced Monday that it was stepping up its investment and pursuit of this goal.
President Trump’s nominee for new FBI director, Christopher Wray, will face the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning, when he’s expected to be grilled about Russian interference in the 2016 election and his ability to keep the FBI independent from the White House.
With those three words, Donald Trump Jr. has brought the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 election deep into the immediate Trump family, setting up a possible confrontation with the FBI and perhaps altering the future course of President Trump’s administration. Mr. Trump Jr. wrote this in June 2016, in response to the prospect of receiving Russian-government produced derogatory information on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It was part of the Russian government’s support for presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to the friend.
In the crucible that Republicans hope will produce a health-care bill acceptable to at least 50 GOP senators, key conservative values – such as more choice in health plans – are taking precedence over another important one: attitudes about government spending. Or at least that’s the case with a much-talked-about change to the bill offered by conservative Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. The title of their amendment says it all: The Consumer Freedom amendment. It favors the ability to choose no-frills insurance plans instead of being forced to pay a fine or buy a plan with guaranteed benefits that people may not want, as mandated under the Affordable Care Act.
With its distinctly European vibe, Quebec City enchants travelers with its old-world charm. But it’s not just the 400-year-old buildings and cobblestoned streets that made Quebec the No. 1 city in Canada.
What inspires humans to acts of generosity? Economists, psychologists and philosophers have pondered this question for millennia. If one assumes that human behaviour is primarily motivated by self-interest, it seems illogical to willingly sacrifice resources for others.
Today potatoes are one of the most widely-consumed foodstuffs in the entire world. The Swedish scientist, who was born 293 years ago on on Monday—she died in 1786—discovered that potatoes could be made into moonshine or flour, revelations that helped avert famine in Sweden (but probably led to a few damaged livers). Ekeblad, a Swedish countess, grew her own batch of potatoes for study.
Around thirty three-dimensional portraits of Chelsea Manning, created using the DNA of the transgender U.S. Army soldier imprisoned for leaking classified data, will greet visitors at eye-level at an exhibition opening in New York City next month. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg based the portraits on a range of possible facial variations generated by software that analyzed DNA samples sent her by the former intelligence analyst when she was behind bars. Manning, 29, was released in May from a U.S. military prison in Kansas where she had been serving time for passing secrets to the WikiLeaks website in the biggest breach of classified data in the history of the United States.
With a historically large number of key executive positions unfilled nearly six months into President Trump’s term, the White House and members of Congress are pointing fingers at one another over what the White House called “needless obstruction” of qualified candidates.
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. WASHINGTON — Amid a new round of revelations surrounding potential Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a bill ramping up sanctions on the Putin regime is stalled in the House of Representatives. The bill is intended as a response to Russia’s efforts to influence U.S. elections, as well as its continued provocations in Ukraine.
Like many African-Americans of his generation, Phillip Smith, a Californian in his 50s, grew up without a gun in the house. To his parents, gun ownership was not just politically unacceptable, but morally wrong – a fount, if anything, of trouble and tragedy. Mr. Smith was intrigued.