FROM Eileen Claussen
Difficulties in Bali and Washington over Emissions and Energy At the Global Warming Conference in Bali, Indonesia, there is growing frustration with the United States. The European Union is threatening to boycott talks on global warming set by the Bush Administration for next month in Hawaii. Eileen Claussen is president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change .
With Global Warming Already Here, What Do We Do about It? 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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.