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'America’s Pledge' to Paris

 

With President Trump walking back U.S. climate change mitigation efforts including the Paris Climate agreement, a coalition of U.S. cities, states, and businesses that represents more than half of the U.S. economy promises to continue reducing emissions, and launched America’s Pledge at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

 

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With President Trump walking back U.S. climate change mitigation efforts including the Paris Climate agreement, a coalition of U.S. cities, states, and businesses that represents more than half of the U.S. economy promises to continue reducing emissions, and launched America’s Pledge at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World

 

Environmental lawyers are claiming in court that land, rivers, and other natural features should own themselves rather than be some person or entity’s property, much like the law already treats corporations as ‘persons.’ The case for treating elements of nature as legal ‘persons’ is outlined in the book, Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World by environmental lawyer David Boyd, and he explains how this approach can go a long way to protecting critical ecosystems from human exploitation and destruction.

 

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US Hails Atomic Power At Climate COP23

 

As global leaders meet for UN climate COP23 talks in Bonn, Germany, the U.S. delegation is promoting carbon-free nuclear energy as part of an “all of the above” strategy for climate protection. The Trump Administration also reports it is partnering with US companies to be world leaders on atomic power.

 

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Nat Geo’s New Exploration of People, Places & Planet

 

For over a century, National Geographic Magazine has given readers a window into distant corners of the world and revealed unexpected treasures just around the corner. The nonprofit arm of Nat Geo -- the National Geographic Society -- is developing new ways to support people, wildlife and the planet and educate those who study it and can protect it, says its President Gary Knell.

 

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The Earth Is My Witness

 

The duty of any photojournalist who documents the natural world must be to conserve and protect it, while reflecting it with a creative and sympathetic eye, notes photographer Art Wolfe. After forty years of traveling the world and capturing natural wonders he has published a visually stunning book, The Earth is My Witness, which features an expansive and beautiful photo collection that documents climate change and the world’s most threatened traditional cultures.

 

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Moving the Paris Climate Deal Forward

 

Delegates from more than 190 nations begin meeting in Bonn, Germany November 6 to work on implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement at COP23 of the UN Climate Convention. With the U.S. stepping back from climate diplomacy, China has the opportunity for leadership.

 

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Climate Departure Date

 

A group of scientists at the University of Hawaii have figured out a way to project when the climate at a given location will move outside the range of anything we’ve known in modern times. It’s sooner then you think.

 

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Migrations Off Schedule

 

The monarch butterflies are late, the wildebeest have turned around, and the North Atlantic right whales are missing. What’s going on with the world’s great animal migrations?

 

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Solar Powered Ship

 

The world’s largest solar powered boat made history by circumnavigating the globe. The ship is now busy in the Atlantic collecting data about the Gulf Stream.

 

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'America’s Pledge' to Paris

With President Trump walking back U.S. climate change mitigation efforts including the Paris Climate agreement, a coalition of U.S. cities, states, and businesses that represents more than half of the U.S. economy promises to continue reducing emissions, and launched America’s Pledge at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

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Trump Pumps Alaskan Gas Deal

In a move promoted by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Alaska has signed an agreement with China to build an 800-mile natural gas pipeline, but economic hurdles cloud its construction.

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The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World

Environmental lawyers are claiming in court that land, rivers, and other natural features should own themselves rather than be some person or entity’s property, much like the law already treats corporations as ‘persons.’ The case for treating elements of nature as legal ‘persons’ is outlined in the book, Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World by environmental lawyer David Boyd, and he explains how this approach can go a long way to protecting critical ecosystems from human exploitation and destruction.

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This Week’s Show
November 17, 2017
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'America’s Pledge' to Paris

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With President Trump walking back U.S. climate change mitigation efforts including the Paris Climate agreement, a coalition of U.S. cities, states, and businesses that represents more than half of the U.S. economy promises to continue reducing emissions, and launched America’s Pledge at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

Moving Forward at COP23 Climate Summit

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As delegates threshed out details on how to count emissions cuts accurately, and map the next steps forward, America’s Pledge made a big splash in Bonn at the 23rd Climate Conference of the Parties, COP 23. Financing continues to cause friction between donor countries and developing nations.

Trump Pumps Alaskan Gas Deal

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In a move promoted by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Alaska has signed an agreement with China to build an 800-mile natural gas pipeline, but economic hurdles cloud its construction.

Beyond The Headlines

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This week we cover news of the severe air pollution that blankets India’s capital Delhi, and the exit of a major coal mining company from the coal business. Then we turn the pages of the history calendar back 75 years to find Enrico Fermi working beneath an old football grandstand to produce the first self-sustained atomic chain reaction.

The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World

listen / download
Environmental lawyers are claiming in court that land, rivers, and other natural features should own themselves rather than be some person or entity’s property, much like the law already treats corporations as ‘persons.’ The case for treating elements of nature as legal ‘persons’ is outlined in the book, Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World by environmental lawyer David Boyd, and he explains how this approach can go a long way to protecting critical ecosystems from human exploitation and destruction.

BirdNote: Birds of Paradise

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Some birds are downright gorgeous, and as BirdNote’s Mary McCann explains, few are quite as beautiful and exotic as New Guinea’s Birds of Paradise.


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Close Encounter with a Tabular Iceberg: Mark Seth Lender
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...Ultimately, if we are going prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we are going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them...

-- President Barack Obama, November 6, 2015 on why he declined to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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