Climate change due to global warming is inevitable. In fact, it's happening now. What are the potential consequences for people in the United States and around the world? What can be done to prepare? Also, tens of thousands of Iraqis protest on this, the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad and, on Reporter's Notebook, from Arizona's border with Mexico to new battles on Capitol Hill, President Bush re-visits immigration reform.
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On this fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad, tens of thousands of anti-American protesters draped themselves in Iraqi flags today in the holy cities of Kufa and Najav, marching to the tune of the powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Edward Wong is in Baghdad for the New York Times.
Edward Wong, Asia Correspondent, New York Times
Climate change is no longer a question of "if" or "when." The impact of warming is evident right now—and so is the human contribution. Even if greenhouse-gas emissions are significantly reduced, the change is inevitable. So it's time to prepare for floods, droughts and other catastrophes. That's the latest after four days of debate between scientists and government bureaucrats from more than 100 countries. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released the second in a series of reports on climate change. The first concluded with 90% certainty that human activity is the main cause of global warming since 1950. Who will be hit the hardest? What does it mean to "prepare?" What are the potential consequences in the United States?
Martin Parry, Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group II
Stephen Schneider, Co-author of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report
Andrew Revkin, ProPublica (@Revkin)
Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
On Saturday, thousands of people marched in Los Angeles, some of them claiming that President Bush had broken a promise on immigration reform. Bush himself had yet to present his latest proposal, which he did today near Yuma, where he viewed an unmanned aerial surveillance vehicle and inspected progress on 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico. Then he talked about the need for what he calls "comprehensive" immigration reform, as we hear from Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post.
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Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
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