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  • John Dowd Resigns As Trump's Lead Lawyer In Russia Probe news

    John Dowd resigned Thursday as President Donald Trump's lead attorney assigned

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:37:11 -0400
  • Surveillance video shows Vegas gunman methodically bringing suitcases of weapons to hotel room news

    In the week before the Las Vegas mass shooting, Stephen Paddock brought at least 21 suitcases to his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel as he gradually amassed 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammo.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:59:40 -0400
  • Obamas pen letter to Parkland students: 'You've helped awaken the conscience of the nation' news

    Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama sent a handwritten letter earlier this month to the survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., saying they have been “inspired by the resilience, resolve and solidarity” shown by the students.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:32:36 -0400
  • Austin Bomber Is A Terrorist Of Our Own Making news

    It's been a hell of a few weeks here in Austin, Texas, and the last one was

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:57:04 -0400
  • Footage Shows The Moment Cops Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man Stephon Clark news

    Police helicopter and body camera footage shows the moment two California cops

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:55:27 -0400
  • Taiwan says should educate its youth on dangers of China news

    Taiwan should educate its youth about the risks presented by China where there is neither freedom nor democracy, Taiwan's main body in charge of policy making toward its giant neighbor said on Friday. China has been increasing its efforts to win over young Taiwanese, a key demographic to reach out to amid souring political relations between Beijing and Taipei, including offering incentives to set up businesses in China. China claims Taiwan as its sovereign territory and considers people from the self-ruled island to be Chinese citizens.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:15:33 -0400
  • Austin Bomber's Recording Says He's Not Sorry, May Be A 'Psychopath' news

    The Texas man suspected of creating a series of bombs that terrorized the

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:15:00 -0400
  • Smoky condo fire in Vietnam kills at least 13, injures 28 news

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Residents startled awake by loud noise and smoke signaled for help with lit mobile phones and crawled onto cranes from their balconies to escape a fire Friday at a large condominium complex in southern Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City. At least 13 people were killed and 28 injured, with police saying it was unclear if anyone was missing.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:34:46 -0400
  • Dashcam Footage Of Fatal Autonomous Uber Crash Released [UPDATE] news

    Driver and vehicle still not believed to be at fault.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:58:11 -0400
  • With John Bolton, Trump's White House gets a 'bad cop' for foreign policy news

    The president's new national security adviser may have been brought on to play "bad cop" to Trump's "good cop" on foreign policy, a source familiar with the president's thinking says.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:33:23 -0400
  • 44 African nations sign pact establishing free trade area news

    Forty-four African countries have signed an agreement establishing a free trade area seen as vital to the continent's economic development, the head of the African Union said Wednesday. The creation of a free trade area -- billed as the world's largest in terms of participating countries -- comes after two years of negotiations, and is one of the AU's flagship projects for greater African integration. "We have come here to fulfil the aspiration of our peoples for integration and unity," said Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the AU commission.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:42:08 -0400
  • Protests Shut Down Sacramento Kings Game, Freeways Over Stephon Clark's Death news

    Outraged over the latest police shooting of an unarmed black man, hundreds of

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:49:40 -0400
  • In world first, Air India crosses Saudi airspace to Israel news

    Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state. "It is the first time that there is an official connection between the state of Israel and Saudi Arabia," he said in Hebrew. There will now be three flights weekly in each direction, ending a decades-long Saudi ban on the use of its airspace for commercial flights to Israel.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:04:53 -0400
  • Police Find Recorded 'Confession' On Austin Bomber's Cellphone news

    Police on Wednesday said they had located a recorded "confession" on a

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:35:38 -0400
  • Woman Charged After Bodies of Newborn Twins Found in Suitcase news

    The Cross County Sheriff's Department confirms a woman has been arrested and charged in the case of two infant twins who were found in a suitcase near Wynne, Arkansas.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:29:08 -0400
  • See How These Recent Eindhoven Graduates Are Changing The Game

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    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
  • Man Dies After Getting Head Stuck In Movie Theater Seat news

    A man who got his head stuck in a reclining movie seat has died as a result of

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:44:47 -0400
  • Vietnam halts South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing news

    By James Pearson and Henning Gloystein HANOI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Vietnam has halted an oil drilling project in the "Red Emperor" block off its southeastern coast licensed to Spanish energy firm Repsol following pressure from China, three sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Friday. It would be the second time in less than a year that Vietnam has had to suspend a major oil development in the busy South China Sea waterway under pressure from China. A source with direct knowledge of the situation said government ministries in Vietnam had paused the project while the decision-making politburo debates whether to suspend or indefinitely terminate the contract.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:30:41 -0400
  • Think twice about tariffs, President Trump. Cheap imports keep your voters afloat. news

    To the extent that Trump’s tariffs jack up prices on imports at the big retailers, we’re not just talking about an impact on household budgets. We’re also pulling at one of the few remaining threads that may be keeping our society from spinning apart.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:13 -0400
  • Lone Nigerian captive refused to convert for Boko Haram news

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The mother of the only Nigerian schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity after the extremists released 104 classmates said Thursday her daughter was blocked from boarding the vehicle to freedom and told to convert to Islam.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:04:41 -0400
  • Retired 4-Star General: 'Simply Outrageous' That Jared Kushner Represents America news

    Retired four-star Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey did not mince his words on

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:35:54 -0400
  • Syrian Kurdish leader condemns Russia for Turkey 'green light' in Afrin news

    A prominent Syrian Kurdish leader on Thursday criticised Russia for giving a "green light" to Turkey to carry out an offensive in Syria's Afrin region, saying it wouldn't have happened without Moscow's approval. Turkish troops and allied Syrian forces seized control of the northwestern city of Afrin from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia on Sunday. In an interview with AFP during a visit to Stockholm, Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of the main Syrian Kurdish political movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) said Turkey wouldn't have succeeded without Russian backing.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:34:05 -0400
  • 13 Most Reliable Cars On The Road

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    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:56:20 -0400
  • Former Mormon Missionary Center Leader Accused Of Sexual Assault news

    Years-old sexual abuse allegations against a former Mormon missionary leader

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:07:37 -0400
  • Charles Lazarus, Founder of Toys R Us, Dies at 94 news

    Charles Lazarus opened what would become the first Toys R Us store in 1948.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:04:17 -0400
  • How To Cook A Precooked Ham news

    If an Easter ham is the crowning glory of your table every spring, it may be

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:45:52 -0400
  • At Least 13 People Have Died in a Fire at a High-Rise Apartment Building in Vietnam news

    Officials have yet to determine what caused the condominium fire

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:14:59 -0400
  • Trump's lead lawyer in Russia probe resigns news

    By Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday, the same week Trump added another Washington lawyer to his team. Dowd, a tough-talking ex-Marine, joined Trump's legal team last June and took the lead during the summer after Marc Kasowitz, a longtime personal lawyer for Trump, stepped down.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:48:24 -0400
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is up to 16 times more massive than thought news

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), a massive area of floating plastic debris that is more than twice the size of Texas, contains about 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. This is between 4 and 16 times the mass of plastic that scientists previously estimated.  What's worse is that the amount of plastic within this area is growing "exponentially," according to a comprehensive three-year-long study using 30 vessels and a high-tech reconnaissance aircraft.  The study, published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, provides a detailed analysis of the size and types of plastic caught up in the Garbage Patch, which occupies about 1.6 million square kilometers, or 617,763 square miles, between Hawaii and California.  SEE ALSO: A floating 'island of trash' has surfaced in the Caribbean The GPGP is just one of five ocean garbage patches that have developed around the world as people use more and more plastic, which is not biodegradable and is used for everything from water bottles to shipping crates. A fleet of 30 vessels, each dragging nets behind them to scoop up pieces of plastic, gathered 1.2 million samples. Scientists from The Ocean Cleanup Foundation in the Netherlands, as well as six universities and an aviation sensor company, used the samples they'd gathered to build a model of how plastic is transported in and out of the GPGP.  The study estimates that the approximately1.8 trillion pieces of plastic within the GPGP weighs about 80,000 metric tons. Another unexpected finding: Most of this mass — 92 percent — is composed of large plastic debris, such as crates and bottles, while just 8 percent or so of the mass is made up of microplastics, pieces smaller than 5 millimeters in size.  Modeled mass concentration of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage PatchImage: THE OCEAN CLEANUP FOUNDATION/lebreton et. al. scientific reports."We were surprised by the amount of large plastic objects we encountered," said Julia Reisser, chief scientist of the expeditions, who works for The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, in a press release.  At least 46 percent of the mass was composed of ghostnets, or fishing nets drifting at sea, unmoored from the ships that once towed them, the study found.  “There’s a lot more plastic out there than thought,” said Boyan Slat, a co-author of the study and founder of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, in an interview. Unlike earlier studies, which focused on collecting small pieces of plastic within a smaller area of the GPGP, this one attempted to capture the full range of debris floating in the GPGP. The armada of research ships used small nets to catch the small pieces, large ones to wrangle the medium-to-large pieces, and a C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with LIDAR equipment in order to detect "these mega-pieces” of larger than 1 meter, Slat said.  Using their transport model, the researchers pointed to Asia as a main source of plastic pollution for the GPGP, particularly Japan and China, though plastics from North America contribute to it as well. Plastics that get routed into the Garbage Patch by winds and ocean currents are likely to be permanently trapped there, in a zone of little wind and devoid of weather systems that would break up and disperse the debris. Eventually, some of the surface plastic does sink to the ocean bottom, where it can endanger marine life.  A styrofoam buoy collected during the 2015 ocean surveyImage: the ocean Cleanup Foundation.The researchers used an "apples to apples" comparison of small plastic pieces, dating back to 1970, to analyze their mass estimates against previous studies, Slat said. The conclusion was inescapable: There is more and more plastic being added to the Garbage Patch each year, with far less plastic escaping, to the point where it's undergoing exponential growth.  This May, scientists and engineers affiliated with The Ocean Project plan to test out technology to clean up plastic from the sea, using a vessel off the California coast. The eventual plan is for the group to reduce plastic pollution by cleaning up the GPGP and similar areas of plastics around the world.  The nearly $40 million initiative relies on private funding; since 2013, they'd been raising funds using crowdfunding. Now, according to Slat, the group relies on a group of anonymous philanthropists, split about equally between Silicon Valley and Europe. One prominent investor is Marc Benioff, the founder and CEO of Salesforce, Slat said.  “We need to understand how much plastic is out there so that we can clean it up,” Slat said. The goal is to have the first plastic from the Garbage Patch recovered and back in port before the end of this year, Slat said. On its website, the foundation says its goal is to clean up 50 percent of the GPGP recovered within five years of deployment. WATCH: 'Supercolony' of 1.5m penguins discovered in Antarctica

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:30:57 -0400
  • Peru's president offers resignation on eve of impeachment vote news

    Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offered to resign on Wednesday after vote-buying allegations ensnared his centre-right government on the eve of an impeachment vote, capping months of political turmoil in one of Latin America's most stable economies. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:04:10 -0400
  • These Are The Biggest Marches In U.S. History news

    On Feb. 14, a lone gunman entered the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:04:53 -0400
  • Shootout wounds 1 officer, 5 others in San Francisco news

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A shootout that sent schoolchildren and pedestrians running for cover in San Francisco wounded one officer, the suspected gunman and four others, including a minor, police said.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:08:25 -0400
  • Mark Zuckerberg Says He May Never Be 'The Right Person' To Testify Before Congress news

    When will Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg agree to answer questions

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:09:59 -0400
  • These are the world's best airports of 2018 news

    With sunflower and butterfly gardens, rooftop swimming pool, free foot massages, and a newly introduced fully automated check-in and boarding process, Singapore's Changi Airport has nabbed the title of world's best airport for the sixth year in a row. 

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:53:58 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Scolds His Own Party For Trying To Impeach Justices news

    The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a Republican, spoke out

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:31:01 -0400
  • Charles Manson's ashes scattered after California funeral news

    The pastor who presided over Charles Manson's funeral said it was attended by at least 20 to 25 people, including his grandson.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:49:58 -0400
  • Here's What Kim Cattrall Has to Say About Her Sex and the City Co-Star Cynthia Nixon's Run for Governor news

    From Sex and the City to running the city

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:16:22 -0400
  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic news

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, 16 times higher than previous estimates, experts have warned. A three-year mapping project led by the The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, which is based in The Netherlands, has discovered that the problem is far worse than first thought. The ‘Garbage Patch’ also known as the ‘Pacific Trash Vortex’ was first noticed by US boat captain Charles Moore in 1997 when he was sailing from Hawaii to southern California and claimed to have stumbled upon ‘plastic…as far as the eye could see” Experts said they were surprised about how large some pieces of plastic were  Credit: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation  Plastic aggregates in the area because of circular ocean currents which pick up rubbish along coastlines and swirl them into the centre. It is estimated that items take around six years to reach the patch from the coast of the USA and around a year from Japan. Previously scientists have used fine-meshed nets to trap the plastic and quantify how much rubbish has accumulated, but the new study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, has found that the method has vastly underestimated the problem. The new study involved traditional trawling with nets, as well as aerial scanning to map plastic in the ocean in 3D. The team used huge nets to trawl for trash  Credit: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation  The results show that the Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France, with nearly two trillion pieces of plastic, weighing the equivalent of 500 jumbo jets. The figures are four to sixteen times higher than previous estimates. 92 per cent of the mass is represented by larger objects such as fishing nets, while eight per cent of the mass was due to microplastics. “We were surprised by the amount of large plastic objects we encountered,”said Dr. Julia Reisser, Chief Scientist of the expeditions. “We used to think most of the debris consists of small fragments, but this new analysis shines a new light on the scope of the debris.” Much of the plastic was marine waste  Credit: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation By comparing the amount of microplastics with historical measurements of the Garbage Patch, the team found that plastic pollution levels have been growing exponentially since measurements began in the 1970s.   It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050. Plastic in the oceans swallowed by marine animals that cannot digest it. Chemicals leach into the water, and it has been shown that even humans who eat seafood ingest 11,000 pieces of microplastic each year.   The Great Pacific Garbage Patch sites between California and Hawaii  Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation and co-author of the study, elaborated on the relevance of the findings for his organisation’s cleanup plans: “To be able to solve a problem, we believe it is essential to first understand it. “These results provide us with key data to develop and test our cleanup technology, but it also underlines the urgency of dealing with the plastic pollution problem. “Since the results indicate that the amount of hazardous microplastics is set to increase more than tenfold if left to fragment, the time to start is now.”  

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:22:37 -0400
  • Trump Tweets Strange Warning Of 'Coming Arms Race,' Suggests Russia Can Help news

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted a bizarre and ominous defense of

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:19:36 -0400
  • United Gives Passenger a Staggering $10,000 Voucher to Give Up Seat news

    Allison Preiss was shocked at the offer.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:38:52 -0400
  • Fired officer who killed unarmed black man to get back pay news

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A white police officer fired after he fatally shot a black unarmed motorist will get about $344,000 in back pay and legal fees from the University of Cincinnati, the school said Thursday.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:30:04 -0400
  • French female IS fighter caught in Afghanistan: officials news

    A French woman fighting for the Islamic State group in Afghanistan has been detained, Afghan officials said Friday, amid fears that IS militants fleeing Syria and Iraq are finding their way to the country. The woman was captured during a military operation in the northern province of Jowzjan -- an IS stronghold -- on Thursday night, several officials said. "In a joint operation between NDS and Afghan special forces, five Afghan men and a French woman fighting for IS were arrested in Darzab district of Jowzjan," the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan's spy agency, said in a statement.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:01:34 -0400
  • Petersen Automotive Museum to host ‘Outlaw’ Porsche Panel news

    Celebrating all things underground Porsche culture with a new 'Outlaw' panel, the Petersen Automotive museum will host craftsmen and icons from the Porsche Hot Rod world during an exclusive event

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:08:13 -0400
  • Wisconsin Judge Orders Scott Walker To Call Special Elections He Refused To Allow news

    A Wisconsin judge on Thursday ordered Gov. Scott Walker (R) to call the

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:40:48 -0400
  • Ex-Minnesota officer charged with murdering Australian a flight risk: prosecutors news

    Prosecutors argued on Wednesday that the former Minnesota police officer charged with murdering an unarmed Australian woman in July represents a flight risk and should face high bail. Ex-Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, who on Tuesday was charged in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond, did not enter a plea on the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Judge Kathryn Quaintance set his bail at $500,000 without conditions, or $400,000 if he agreed to no contact with the other officer present at the shooting, surrendered his passport and agreed to avoid possession of any firearms.

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:08:20 -0400
  • A Fake Facebook Ad Killed Off William Shatner. Captain Kirk Was Not Happy. news

    "Star Trek" legend William Shatner set his phasers on Facebook after a

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:16:44 -0400
  • In court, oil company admits reality of human-caused global warming, denies guilt news

    On Thursday, in a packed federal courthouse in San Francisco, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup donned a space-themed tie and listened as scientists and lawyers formally presented the fundamentals of climate science. The hearing, dubbed a "tutorial" by Judge Alsup, marked the first time a judge has ever asked for and heard a presentation of climate science for the purposes of deciding a court case. The case Alsup is presiding over involves several fossil fuel companies and two major cities — San Francisco and Oakland. The cities are suing the world's oil giants — Chevron, BP, Shell, and others — for extracting and selling fuels that the companies knew would stoke climate change and sea level rise.  Adapting to these changes requires massive infrastructure undertakings, such as building formidable concrete sea walls, and the coastal cities want Big Oil to pay. SEE ALSO: What you learn by giving 200 Senate speeches on climate change Judge Alsup gave each side two hours to present charts, data, and research on both the history of climate science and "the best science now available on global warming, glacier melt, sea rise, and coastal flooding."  Although Alsup made clear from the outset that the event was not a trial of climate science — but a climate lesson for himself — the evidence provided likely foreshadows the arguments both sides will make during the actual trial. While admitting the reality of human-caused global warming, lawyers for Chevron (the other oil giants have two weeks to tell Alsup if they agree with Chevron's science presentation) presented outdated science and repeatedly emphasized uncertainties about how fossil fuel emissions will affect global warming. They also presented climate change as a global problem requiring a global solution, foreshadowing a defense strategy of arguing that no single company should be held liable for climate change-related damages. "Oil companies basically went from a climate deniers playbook," said Kassie Siegel, director of the Climate Law Institute , in an interview . "They overemphasized and overstated really narrow issues of uncertainty about the effects of global warming." Glad I got here early! Big crowd for climate science hearing in SF today #ClimateTrial — Amy Westervelt (@amywestervelt) March 21, 2018 For instance, the oil companies' lawyer, Ted Boutrous, cited a U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report from 1990, which stated that the observed increase in global temperature could just be due to natural shifts in the planet's climate.  Nearly three decades have since passed, however, and confidence has grown about tying increasing temperatures to fossil fuel burning. A federal climate report published in late 2017, for example, found that there is no natural explanation for recent global warming.  "This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century," the report said. "For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence." As Don Wuebbles, a former White House climate science advisor and atmospheric scientist, said during the tutorial, 17 of the last 18 years have been the warmest years on record. The instrumental climate record began in the late 1800s, although researchers have far longer climate timelines gleaned from tree rings, ice cores, and other so-called "proxy" sources. While three climate scientists presented climate science basics for the plaintiffs, the defendants relied exclusively upon Boutrous, who has previously defended both Walmart and the Standard Fire Insurance Company before the U.S. Supreme Court, to inform the judge about the nuances of climate science. "I don’t know if Ted Boutrous has a background in climate science, but he has a background in spin," Siegel said. Alsup grilling Chevron on rate of change of sea level rise. Chevron says sea level has been rising for centuries, nothing new. Plaintiffs’ experts presented evidence that it’s dramatically increased in recent years, fueled by climate change. #ClimateTutorial @ClimateLawNews — Amy Westervelt (@amywestervelt) March 21, 2018 Chevron and the other oil companies may have a difficult time finding scientists who will, in a federal court, make scientific statements about climate change that oil companies find agreeable. "The oil companies are now in a real pickle," said Siegel, noting that climate scientists have previously made false or misleading statements on behalf of oil companies. Publicly, most of these companies now admit that climate change is occurring, even if they continue to sell more oil and gas that contributes to the problem.  "It's a lot harder to lie to the court under penalty of perjury," said Siegel. Richard Wiles, Executive Director of the Center for Climate Integrity, agrees. "The fact that Chevron’s lawyer, rather than an actual climate scientist, provided the court with its version of climate history suggests that the industry could not find a scientist willing to carry its water," Wiles said in a statement.  NASA satellite data observations showing sea level rise from 1993 to the present.Image: nasaOnly scientists, however, presented evidence for the plaintiffs. Along with Wuebbles, geoscientist Myles Allen, who leads Oxford University's Climate Dynamics Group, and Gary Griggs, a professor of earth sciences at University of California at Santa Cruz, presented climate science information to Alsup.  Griggs noted that significant sea level rise has been measured just miles from the courthouse near the San Francisco shore, and Allen delivered quotes from Svante Arrhenius, a scientist who in 1895 noted that carbon dioxide emissions could have a warming effect on the Earth. As for what comes next, the oil companies have filed a motion asking Alsup to dismiss the case. If this were to happen, there would be no trial, said Michael Burger, executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, via email.  But if things proceed, the next step will likely be discovery, wherein plaintiffs and defendants exchange information that will be used as evidence in the trial. During the past few years, as climate change-related litigation has increased, oil companies have gone to great lengths to avoid the discovery process, since it could reveal what oil companies knew about climate change, when they knew it, and what they told the public and their shareholders about it. The tutorial event may have been unprecedented, but the case is just one of many current lawsuits against oil companies. Across the country, New York City is also suing the same oil companies for damage caused by human-caused climate change.  “Taxpayers around the country should ask themselves whether they want to foot the bill for climate impacts that scientists now attribute directly to the oil and gas industry or demand that polluters pay for the damages they’ve caused," Wiles said. WATCH: 'Supercolony' of 1.5m penguins discovered in Antarctica  

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:10:38 -0400
  • John Bolton Appointed As Trump's National Security Adviser news

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will appoint John Bolton, former

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:32:12 -0400
  • Mercury Is Entering Retrograde Again. This Is Why So Many People Care news

    Apparent retrograde motion of planets has been seen for centuries, but there's a reason more people have started to care in recent years

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:00:24 -0400
  • Expert: No sign of foul play in US youth's death in Bermuda news

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — A U.S. student who died while visiting Bermuda for a rugby tournament died from an apparent fall and there are no signs of any foul play, police and a forensic expert said Thursday.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:04:42 -0400
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