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Russian planes struck targets in western Syria today with almost no warning to the United States. Presidents Obama and Putin have different visions of how to end Syria's civil war. Although both are opposed to ISIS, Russia's strikes appear to be aimed at helping Bashar al-Assad. Are Russian airstrikes in Syria a challenge to the United States?

Also on the program, the world's worst polluters are promising major reductions in advance of the climate-change summit in Paris. But even if they could all make good on all their pledges, global warming would still be catastrophic. We hear about progress made, and what more needs to be done.

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Daragahi on Russia's anti-ISIS airstrikes beginning with attack on Western-backed rebel areas

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sarah Sweeney
Christine Detz

Are Russian Airstrikes in Syria a Challenge to the United States? 22 MIN, 21 SEC

Russia reportedly gave the US less than an hour's notice of airstrikes today near the city of Homs in Western Syria.  They appear designed to shore up the government of Bashar al-Assad.  Secretary of State John Kerry told the UN Security Council that US will continue its bombing to the Islamic State. Will Russian airstrikes pose a challenge to the US?

 

Guests:
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News (@borzou)
Mark Galeotti, New York University (@MarkGaleotti)
Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Intrenational Center for Scholars (@aarondmiller2)

When Progress on Climate Change Still Spells Disaster 27 MIN, 21 SEC

The scientific consensus is that global warming is already changing the world as we've come to know it. In preparation for November's climate change summit in Paris, the US, China and other major polluters are establishing goals for reductions in Greenhouse emissions. But authorities say such goals won't be enough to prevent the ravages of global warming.

Guests:
Andrew Jones, Climate Interactive (@AndrewPJones)
Michael A. Levi, Council on Foreign Relations (@levi_m)
Frances Seymour, Center for Global Development (@FrancesJSeymour)
Michael Mann, Pennsylvania State University (@MichaelEMann)

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'WWLA' on US-China climate summit
Climate Interactive on where proposals from climate negotiations will lead
Council on Foreign Relations on reducing deforestation to fight climate change
Seymour on protecting tropical forests, global prosperity and climatic stability

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