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Beyond the Headlines Podcast: In spite of Trump, world rallies around Paris Agreement

We record live from COP 23 in Bonn, Germany where the other 195 countries have gathered to figure out how to save the world

A craftsman adds parts to the sculpture 'Climate Tree' during the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Ronald Wittek / EPA
A craftsman adds parts to the sculpture 'Climate Tree' during the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Ronald Wittek / EPA

Less than two years into the Paris Agreement, where 196 countries agreed to curb climate change to less than two degrees this century, the goal is beginning to slip out of reach. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the accord has been a shock to the rest of the world as it comes to grips with how to fill the gap. We record live from COP 23 in Bonn, Germany where the other 195 countries have gathered to figure out how to save the world.

Lou Leonard from the World Wildlife Fund explains that not all hope is lost. A campaign launched by over 2,500 American entities, ranging from state governments to individual universities, have signed the “We are still in” declaration to make sure that their organizations still represent US commitments to the Paris Agreement independently from the federal government’s decision.

Niranjali Amerasinghe from the World Resources Institute tells us how the burden-sharing and finance, a hotly debated and intricate aspect of the Paris Agreement, will be influenced by Washington's decision to pull out.

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