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Sunday, May 1, 2016

What’s The Real Significance Of The Paris Agreement?

On Friday, April 22, I watched 175 global leaders convene at the United Nations to confirm their collective commitment to climate action by officially signing the Paris Agreement.

In an attempt to improve implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement sets a goal of preventing global temperatures rising 2℃ or more above pre-industrial levels, with a stretch goal of 1.5℃.

Although the international movement to reduce greenhouse gas emission can be traced back to before the 1992 UN framework and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the possibility of effectively adopting an international agreement seemed extremely unlikely until the talks in Paris at the end of last year.

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Obama Roasts Presidential Candidates At His Final White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Published with permission from Alternet.

It’s been a long eight years for President Obama, and the “end of the republic” is looking great, as he said. But tonight was all about the next president. And no candidate was spared from Obama’s scathing roast.

“Sorry I was late, I was running on CPT, which stands for jokes white people should not make,” Obama told the crowd, referencing Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio’s awkward skit at NYC’s Inner Circle Dinner earlier this month. “If this material works well I’m going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year… earn me some serious Tubmans.” Because, as he puts it, “Next year, someone else will be standing in this spot and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be.”

Obama was also reminiscent of campaigning with Clinton.…

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Bernie Nation Can’t Get Behind Hillary Clinton

“And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain.”

Those are, of course, the opening lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s immortal recording of “My Way.” They are also a succinct description of the state of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Last week, the candidate announced he was laying off hundreds of staff members after a series of bruising primary losses to Hillary Clinton. She increased her lead in the delegate count and Sanders, who was already walking a narrow pathway to the Democratic nomination, now walks a high wire in a high wind.

Though the campaign spun the layoffs as forward-leaning strategy, it was difficult not to read them as a tacit acknowledgment that “the Bern” has all but burned out.…

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