Separate studies released by NASA and NOAA report that 2016 marked a new global high as the warmest year on record. That makes three straight years in which new highs have been recorded. 2016 also included record global high temperatures during eight out of the 12 months of the year. Sixteen out of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000. The one exception in that list is 1998. "(T)he spate of record-warm years that we have seen in the 21st century can only be explained by human-caused climate change," said Michael Mann, director of the Earth Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. "The effect of human activity on our climate is no longer subtle. It's plain as day, as are the impacts -- in the form of record floods, droughts, superstorms and wildfires -- that it is having on us and our planet."
While President-Elect Trump may dismiss charges or Russia trying to influence US elections, leaders in other countries are sounding the alarm about their elections. Germany, France, Denmark and other European democracies have been pointing the finger at Russia for some time.
Angela Merkel recently warned that Russia may try to influence German elections. With the German elections now less than a year away, documents that were stolen during a hack of German Parliament in 2015, which German intelligence services blamed on Russia back in the spring of this year, have recently started being leaked by wikileaks.
In France, the campaign of Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has admitted that she and the far right National Front Party have Russian financial backing.
It's the same story throughout Europe. In the UK, MP Ben Bradshaw has said Russia likely swayed the Brexit vote. Countries such as Italy, Montenegro and others have recently accused Russia of similar actions.
Glenn Beck sounds as if he's had a revelation and it was fueled by Michelle Obama. After Donald Trump's Access Hollywood tape broke, Beck found himself listening to a speech from the first lady where she ripped into Trump for his treatment of women. Beck now says, "Those words hit me where I live. If you're a decent human being, those words were dead on." As for Trump, a character who frequently references many of the conspiracy theories that Beck used to push, the former Fox host calls him "dangerously unhinged." read more