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The next summit of World Leaders on Climate Change will be next year in Paris. On Sunday, the UN's international panel of climate scientists will outline what needs to be done. Will it generate the political will for preventive action, or is it time to re-frame the issue? Also, the UN votes to send 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic. On today's Talking Point, President Obama was in Austin, Texas, today--celebrating 50 years since the Civil Rights Act signed by Lyndon Johnson. How different was the Republican Party in LBJ's era from the one Obama faces today?

Banner image: Rice farmers transplanting in Chaiyapun, Thailand. Photo: Torikai Yukihiro

UN to Send 12,000 Peacekeepers to the Central African Republic 7 MIN, 50 SEC

The UN Security Council was unanimous today in agreeing to send 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic, where sectarian killings, torture and sexual violence have divided the country between Christians and Muslims. We get an update from Edith Lederer, the chief UN correspondent for the Associated Press, and Christian Mukosa, an authority on Central Africa with Amnesty International.

Edith Lederer, Associated Press (@EdithLedererAP)
Christian Mukosa, Amnesty International (@NewsFromAmnesty)

Climate Change: Will We Have to Get Used to It? 34 MIN, 25 SEC

Warnings about climate change have been increasingly urgent, but there's no collective will to take action. Now the focus is shifting, from prevention to mitigation. Global warming is happening. If it's not going to be slowed down, how can it be coped with? We hear about the latest report from the UN's International Panel on Climate Change, due out on Sunday. It will advocate expensive, untested technologies. It's all about preparing for next year's Summit of world leaders in Paris. There's hope that it might make up for the failed summit in Copenhagen in 2009. Will another call for alarm make a difference? Is it time to re-frame the issue and talk about how to prepare for the consequences of not taking action?

Chris Field, IPCC Working Group II (@carnegiescience)
David Keith, Harvard University (@dkeithclimate)
Mark Fischetti, Scientific American (@markfischetti)
Andrew Holland, American Security Project (@TheAndyHolland)

American Security Project's climate security report
Fischetti on Dem-GOP agreement on climate change; US public opinion
IPCC Working Group I: The Science of Climate Change
IPCC Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptations and Vulnerability
IPCC Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change
UN Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Inventories

LBJ, Civil Rights and Obama's Legacy 8 MIN, 34 SEC

book.JPGPresident Obama hasn't talked much about Lyndon Johnson, perhaps because of the legacy of Vietnam. Today, at LBJ's presidential library in Austin, on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Obama left no doubt about his own debt to the former president and his mastery of the legislative process. "You come with me on this bill," he would reportedly tell a Republican leader during the fight for civil rights bill, "and 200 from now school children will remember only two names -- Abe Lincoln and and Everette Dirksen... And he knew that senators would believe things like that." Todd Purdum is author of the new book, An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Todd Purdum, Politico

Civil Rights Summit at LBJ Library
Excerpt from 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come'

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