FROM Steven A. Cohen
Cause for Optimism at the UN Climate Talks in Lima, Peru? This year's global temperatures will have been the highest since records began in 1880. Against that background, almost 200 nations are meeting in Peru , establishing strategy for another global climate-change summit next year in Paris. They got a recent boost when the US and China made an announcement on cutting carbon . We look at the objectives and the chance for success with former US Senator Tim Wirth, the top international climate negotiator for the Clinton Administration and now Vice Chairman of the United Nations Foundation , and Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and a Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs. Thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.