FROM Mark Hertsgaard
Paris Climate Talks… More Progress than Expected? The deadline for the UN Climate Change summit in Paris is Friday, with the stated goal of keeping global warming under 2° Celsius. Today, John Kerry says they might do better than that. While the Secretary of State acknowledged that the announced targets will make a "major dent" in global emissions, he cautioned that "they will not hold the warming to…what scientists tell us we need to avoid the worst impacts. Or 1.5, whatever, we need to go as low as we can, as many people in this hall are demanding." That sounds like an insignificant difference, but it’s not -- especially for the world’s poorest, most vulnerable nations, as we hear from Mark Hertsgaard, who is covering the talks for The Nation .
Governor Brown: On His Way to Paris On his way to the Climate Summit in Paris, Governor Jerry Brown spoke to reporters and radio hosts today. I asked him what he hopes to accomplish since California has no official role. He says California's a "catalyst" for change in the fight against greenhouse emissions. Is that's consistent with his support for fracking, diverting cap-and-trade fees to high-speed rail and watching the oil industry score a big victory in Sacramento?
Governor Brown Announces Stricter Greenhouse Gas Goals When it comes to the fight against climate change, Jerry Brown has raised Arnold Schwarzenegger by setting tough new goals for reducing greenhouse emissions. The current Governor spoke today at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills. Mark Hertsgaard is an independent reporter and author of Hot: Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth .
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