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The historic deal between the US and China promises to set the most ambitious carbon reduction standards ever from the world’s top two greenhouse gas producers. In Beijing it’s all about keeping the economy UP and public discontent down. But how will a Republican-controlled Senate react? Are the goals ambitious enough?

Also, the case of 43 missing students in Mexico has made headlines around the world. Now members of a drug gang have confessed to mass murder, and implicated local police and officials in the state of Guerrero. What would it take to break the hold of drugs and political corruption in Mexico? 

Barbara Bogaev guest hosts.

Photo: People carry banners and flags as they march toward Zocalo Square to demand more information about the missing students of the Ayotzinapa Teachers' Training College 'Raul Isidro Burgos' in Mexico City November 9, 2014. (Bernardo Montoya/Reuters)

Producers:
Claire Martin
Gideon Brower

How Will China and the US Accomplish Historic Carbon Reductions? 23 MIN, 2 SEC

For the first time Beijing has agreed to cap emissions by 2030. President Obama has pledged to cut the country’s emissions by about 27 percent by 2025. The joint agreement between President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping took some for policy experts by surprise, but it comes after months and months of talks between Beijing and Washington. We look at why China and the US agreed to these goals. 

Thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.

Guests:
Ben Geman, National Journal (@Ben_Geman)
Jennifer L. Turner, Woodrow Wilson International Center (@TheWilsonCenter)
David Biello, Scientific American magazine (@dbiello)

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Biello on a turning point in the world's bid to curb global warming
Senator Inhofe on the "non-binding charade" of the climate deal
Senator McConnell reacts to Obama's emissions reduction targets

A Crime Solved Sparks Outrage in Mexico 27 MIN, 29 SEC

Outrage over corruption in Mexico reached new heights this weekend, after authorities announced that drug-gang hitmen had confessed to murdering 43 students who went missing in September. The drug cartel members say they were acting in collusion with police under orders from the mayor of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, and his wife. Over the weekend demonstrators set fire to the doors of the National Palace in Mexico City and on Monday they blocked access to Acapulco Airport. The brutality of this story has brought to a head Mexicans’ frustrations with and outrage at President Enrique Peña Nieto’s failure to stem narco-violence and rampant corruption in the nation’s criminal justice system. 

Guests:
Eric Martin, Bloomberg News (@EMPosts)
Javier Aceves, BuzzFeed Mexico (@elbaxter)
John Ackerman, National Autonomous University of Mexico (@JohnMAckerman)
Ana María Salazar Slack, Grupo Salazar (@AMSalazar)

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Martin on outrage over likely students' massacre

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