The world’s two biggest economies and carbon polluters made an unprecedented announcement on climate change. President Obama promised that by 2025, the U.S. will cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than a quarter and China agreed to cap emissions by 2030. But the head of the UN’s climate science panel said the deal alone won’t avert the effects of global warming. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
The U.S. and China reached a historic agreement to drastically curb carbon emissions after months of secret talks. Will either side be able to deliver on the pledge? Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University speaks with Gwen Ifill about the pressures that led to the landmark plan and which other countries may be influenced to address climate change. Continue reading
How will deals on trade and climate change, struck during President Obama’s trip to China, affect relations between the United States and China? Susan Shirk of the University of California, San Diego, and author and lawyer Gordon Chang join Gwen Ifill to discuss the significance of the relationship and the pressure on Chinese President Xi Jinping to compromise. Continue reading
Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo is the spectacular home to the only mountain gorillas left on the planet, and many other types of wildlife. A new documentary tells the story of a group of rangers working to protect the park from threats of civil war, poachers and oil exploration. Jeffrey Brown interviews filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel.
Water has become the unlikely subject of black market dealings in some the California’s worst-hit areas. With nearly 60 percent of the state currently experiencing exceptional drought — the highest level of drought designated by the U.S. Drought Monitor — and chances of a full recovery this winter looking unlikely, reports of water being stolen from private tanks or siphoned from public rivers are increasing.
Mexico City, home to an inefficient and inconvenient water delivery system, struggles to meet the pressing demands of its 22 million residents. Some have turned to harvesting rainwater, which has its own set of limitations. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the barriers that keep residents from clean water. Continue reading
The Chinese government restricted traffic, closed factories and instituted public holidays to ensure foreign leaders in Beijing for this year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit would enjoy a clear, blue sky. Continue reading
The 2004 quake and tsunami reshaped life in the Aceh region of Indonesia — in some ways for the better. The outpouring of international aid helped residents rebuild their community stronger than before the disaster. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the disaster’s unintended benefits and the efforts to continue healing and prepare for future emergencies. Continue reading
Energy and the environment have been core issues in Senate races in at least seven states. From oil and gas development, to the regulation of greenhouse gases and power plants, what’s at stake as voters go to the polls? Judy Woodruff gets debate from Daniel Weiss of the League of Conservation Voters and Scott Segal of Bracewell & Giuliani. Continue reading
In addition to recalibrating the balance of power on Capitol Hill, the upcoming elections will dictate important state policy around the nation. One battle is brewing in North Dakota, where environmentalists are seeking tax revenue for preservation. NewsHour political editor and reporter Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff for a closer look at ballot initiatives on the minimum wage and abortion. Continue reading