KGNU Science Show, How on Earth
November 15, 2016
Max Boykoff – Global Climate Talks – Moving Ahead With or Without US
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While the world has held climate talks for 22 years (This is COP – Conference of the Parties — 22) and the Kyoto Protocol talks about climate change have been held for 12 years, this year’s October’s climate talks in Paris mark the first time that “entry into force” has been achieved. You might think of “entry into force” as the time when a critical number of nations are ready to develop global treaties regarding climate and pollution and its effects around the world. The 1st world meeting ever to talk about “Entry into Force” on climate issues is taking place right now, in Marrakech, Morocco. 200 nations have gathered to discuss these issues. The meetings began just before the US elections. Now Donald Trump is President Elect, and he has signaled that he will pull back from many of the nation’s current plans to reduce pollution and combat climate change.
To find out how this affects the world climate talks, up next we talk with Max Boykoff, speaking via Skype from the world climate talks in Marrakech Morocco. Max Boykoff is a scientist at CU Boulder and director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies at CU-Boulder. He’s the author of a book on climate science and social response, titled, “Who Speaks for the Climate?”
Host/Producer/Engineer: Shelley Schlender