COP26 Agreements on Cutting Methane and Ending Deforestation
We begin with the end of the two-day U.N. Climate summit of world leaders and get an assessment of what has been achieved as the U.S. and the E.U. announce a global agreement to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 along with world leaders agreeing to end and reverse deforestation. Joining us is Andrew Revkin, Director of the Initiative on Communication Innovation & Impact at the Earth Institute of Columbia University who has won most of the top awards in science journalism over a three-decades-long career including 21 years at The New York Times. His books include The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest, Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, and The Human Planet: Earth at the Dawn of the Anthropocene and he blogs at revkin.bulletin.com where his latest article is “Big Oil in the Hot Seat – and Everyone Wins?” We discuss how tackling methane is the low hanging fruit although some of the biggest emitters Russia, China and India did not sign on in a race to stop the increasing levels of methane spewing from fracking, the melting permafrost in Siberia, wetlands, rice paddies and agriculture in particular from cattle.
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