President Trump suggested "rogue killers" could be responsible for the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime
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On Sunday morning, CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked U.S. Senator Marco Rubio whether he thought the changing climate on Earth today was "at least in part" caused by humans.Â On live television, Rubio acknowledged that humans were partly responsible, and then immediately sowed some doubt into his answer. "I think many scientists would debate what percentage is attributable to man versus normal fluctuations," Rubio said.Â This is misleading, at best, because there is no plausible debate.Â In a variety of ways, scientists globally have repeatedly shown that the modern-day warming of our oceans and atmosphere is specifically attributed human activity â€” not volcanoes nor the sun. We've simply loaded the atmosphere with carbon-based gases that physically trap heat. Â "The actual science indicates that climate change is responsible for all of the warming of the planet over the past century," Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University, said over email. Other natural factors â€” notably energy output from the sun and gases emitted from volcanoes â€” have in total actually gone in the opposite direction, noted Mann, even causing a minor amount of cooling, but certainly not enough to make a dent in the warming trend. Possible causes of radiative forcing: changes in solar activity, in volcanic activity or greenhouse gases. The latest US Climate Assessment shows how much each of these contributed. See https://t.co/q2dySg8xmb The human contribution is about 100%. That is: all of it. /2 pic.twitter.com/i6Ewprs7aQ â€” Stefan Rahmstorf (@rahmstorf) October 15, 2018 The scientific consensus about human responsibility for climate change is now staggering.Â The notion that prominent politicians continually still question the attribution of our warming globe â€” and sometimes even the political motivations of scientists â€” is growing increasingly far-fetched, or simply absurd. Â "Anyone who knows science knows that trying to get a lot of scientists to agree on something is like herding cats," Â Stefan Rahmstorf, head of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said over email. "The idea that many thousands of climate scientists, from all continents and all kinds of upbringing and political systems and persuasions, are all driven by the same political agenda, is the most silly conspiracy theory that I have heard," added Rahmstorf.Â "There is a much simpler explanation for the overwhelming consensus among climate scientists about human-caused global warming: The scientific evidence for it is overwhelming." SEE ALSO: Climate change could threaten the world's beer supply. Do you care about global warming now? Scientists have a keen understanding of how much energy from the sun enters the Earth, as well as the amount of greenhouse gases volcanoes contribute to the atmosphere. These natural sources simply can't explain accelerated, modern-day warming. What's more, climate scientists have a good record of the how much industrial activity and land clearance â€” which removes forests that suck carbon out of the air â€” has occurred globally since the Industrial Revolution began, Jonathan Overpeck, a climate scientist at the University of Michigan, said over the phone.Â "We know that the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is from human activity, primarily burning of fossil fuels and clearing of land, for a variety of reasons, all confirming each other," emphasized Overpeck. A prominent chunk of evidence is that the carbon in the air carries a telltale chemical signature. Great to acknowledge measurable changes @marcorubio but we aren't debating the cause of climate change as much as you think. Fossil fuels are dead plants, which prefer light carbon, which spiked with CO2 went up. It's definitely us. Remix from doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50668 @jaketapper pic.twitter.com/DQYP7qfhVo â€” Kris Karnauskas (@OceansClimateCU) October 15, 2018 "The chemical composition of the air has changed, and it's a fingerprint that reveals it has to be changing because of fossil fuel burning and land clearance â€” cutting down the forests," he said. There are two stable types of carbon, called isotopes, that naturally exist on Earth, a heavier and lighter type. "Plants like to consume the lighter isotope," Â Kristopher Karnauskas, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Colorado Boulder, said in an interview.Â Â And every fossil fuel burned on Earth, whether it's oil, coal, or natural gas (methane), is formed from old, decayed plant material.Â Tellingly, the carbon being emitted into skies today is the "lighter" type of carbon â€” meaning plants sucked it out of the air, long ago.Â Now, human activity is releasing this carbon back into the atmosphere, where it's easily detected. "We come along in the last hundreds of years, dig up these old dead plants, and burn them," said Karnauskas. "And we would expect to see whatever they were consuming enter our atmosphere." Temperatures compared to the average in 1884. Blues indicate cooler than average.Image: nasa Temperatures compared to the average in 2017. Reds and yellows indicate warmer than average.Image: nasa Since the beginning of widespread industrial activity in the mid-1800s, the proportion of this lighter isotope has been on a dramatic rise.Â "It's funny we need to go to this length to convince people CO2 is going up," said Karnauskas. "You canâ€™t get around the ironclad proof this is us, from this isotopic ratio." Still, prominent politicians like Rubio and President Donald Trump either fail to understand climate science, or apparently ignore it. "Marco Rubio is
irresponsible for peddling climate change denier talking points," said Mann. "They need to replace Rubio with a senator who will actually do something about climate change rather than make excuses for not doing anything." While many U.S. politicians continue to stumble, scientists don't. "He's [Rubio is] challenging a scientific underpinning that has been established over and over and over again," noted Karnauska. "Now, there's a high degree â€” we call it extremely high degrees of confidence â€” Â that's just about as strong as anything in science â€” that the C02 is causing global warming and is the dominant cause of global warming," said Overpeck. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced plans Monday to create a new college of artificial intelligence with an initial $1 billion commitment for the program focusing on "responsible and ethical" uses of the technology. The prestigious university said it would add 50 new faculty members and create an interdisciplinary hub for work in computer science, AI, data science, and related fields. A large part of the new funds will come from a gift from Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and co-founder of the financial giant Blackstone, after whom the new college will be named.