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Increasing World Climate Ambition
The United Nations is preparing for the Climate Summit this September, where many countries are expected to boost their Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs, under the Paris Climate Agreement. Luis Alfonso de Alba, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change, shares concerns and hopes of keeping planetary warming from increasing more than 1.5 degrees centigrade.
Moving the Paris Climate Deal Ahead
2,000 delegates representing 185 countries gather in Bonn, Germany to refine rules and procedures for the Paris Climate Agreement, with an emphasis on boosting carbon reduction ambitions before the 2020 deadline. Aynsley O'Neill has more.
Beyond the Headlines
This week, Peter Dykstra and Steve Curwood dive beyond the headlines to note the fall of an iconic Monterey Cypress tree in San Diego, California, which was said to have inspired Dr. Seuss’s Truffula trees in “The Lorax”. Next, they discuss the European far-right’s apparent shift away from climate denial, as climate-driven immigration hits home. Finally, the pair notes the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire, which helped prompt the passage of the Clean Water Act.
Bringing Back Butternut Trees
Butternut trees used to be abundant in the forests of the Northeast and Midwest but have, in recent years, been devastated by a fungus. But help for the butternut may soon come, as Allegheny Front reporter Andy Kubis tells us about a recently-discovered stand of healthy butternuts that resisted the fungus.
Rating the Climate Promises of 2020 Prexy Candidates
Although climate wasn’t discussed much in the 2016 presidential election, this time around it’s turning out to be a much hotter topic. Greenpeace has put together a climate scorecard, evaluating each presidential hopeful on their commitment to a Green New Deal and to phasing out fossil fuels, but not a single candidate earned a Greenpeace A+. To hear more about the scorecard, Steve Curwood speaks with Janet Redman, Climate Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA.
Seeking Justice for the Ogoni Nine
In 1995, the Nigerian government executed a group of environmental activists known as the Ogoni Nine, allegedly at the encouragement from The Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company. Now, nearly 25 years later, the widow of one of the Ogoni Nine, Esther Kiobel, is one step closer to justice. Supported by Amnesty International, she will finally have her case for reparations and the clearing of her husband’s name heard by a District Court in the Netherlands. Steve Curwood speaks with Amnesty’s Head of Business and Human Rights, Mark Dummett.
BirdNote®: Brewer’s Sparrow, Sageland Singer
One of the most musical and complex bird songs in the US is that of the Brewer's Sparrow. It's a veritable aria, ringing out from the sagebrush of Eastern Washington's Columbia Basin. BirdNote®’s Mary McCann has more about this sageland singer.
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