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Need to Know, August 10, 2012: Paradise lost in Palau?

This week's host Maria Hinojosa

Need to Know reports from the Pacific Island nation of Palau about its effort to hold the world’s leading industrial powers legally responsible for the environmental damage their greenhouse gas emissions are causing. Our report features a candid conversation with Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau, about the threat climate change poses to his nation.

Then, anchor Maria Hinojosa interviews Matthew Pawa, an attorney who has brought major cases against greenhouse gas emitters. Pawa helps explain how Palau’s initiative could be a major milestone in climate change law.

This week’s episode will also follow up on Need to Know’s latest investigation into alleged abuses by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

What’s on this week:

Paradise lost?

We report from the Pacific Island nation of Palau on the country’s efforts to hold the world’s leading industrial powers responsible for their greenhouse gas emissions.

Interview: Matthew Pawa

An illustrative interview with attorney Matthew Pawa, who explains how Palau’s initiative could be a major milestone in climate change law.

Border Patrol update

This week’s show also follows up on our latest Border Patrol investigation, Crossing the line, part 2.

Web exclusive: Watching a shoreline disappear

Interview with Sisenio Hideo, a Paluan electrician who has watched the coastline by his home disappear over the course of his lifetime.

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