US president-elect Donald Trump claims to have an open mind on climate science, but he put an unabashed climate-science denier in charge of his environmental transition team, and he says he'll slash NASA's climate-monitoring capabilities.
Might a president who doesn't believe in climate science still find it worthwhile to stay in the Paris Agreement? And who will pick up the slack if he doesn't?
These are questions we addressed in three stories on Ecosystem Marketplace:
“Can Individual US States, The Private Sector, And The International Community Fix The Climate Despite Trump Election?” came the day after the election, and pretty much says it all
“Investors See Rockier Road To Low-Carbon Economy Under Trump, But No Dead End” came in one week later.
“Hundreds Of US Companies Urge Climate Action As John Kerry, Others Calls For More ‘Business Diplomacy’” came in a day after that.
We harvested all three to generate today's episode of Bionic Planet, which offers an audio mosaic of snippets culled from interviews we conducted in the two weeks after the US Presidential election, as well as audio we harvested from a media call that the World Resources Institute hosted.
Guests, in order of appearance, are:
Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute
Anthony Hobley, CEO of the Carbon Tracker Initiative
Michael Bloomberg, in his capacity as head of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
Christian de Valle, Founder and Managing Partner of Althelia Ecosphere
Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists
Sam Adams, Director of WRI United StatesMike Korchinsky, Founder and CEO of Wildlife Works
Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank
Andrew Mitchell, Founder and Director of the Global Canopy Programme
Peter Grannis, First Deputy Comptroller for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller.
Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business Coalition
Jonathan Pershing, US Special Envoy for Climate Change
Brigadier General Stephen Cheney (ret), CEO of the American Security Project.
Peter Graham, former Canadian negotiator now working as a consultant in Washington, DC.
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