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World condemns U.S. at Bonn climate talks/Syrian refugee stories

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 15, 2017 4:49 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, November 15, 2017:

The United States is alone amongst industrialized countries with its withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.  The accord gave nations of the world goals to work toward to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. 

After originally being accepted by the Obama Administration, President Donald Trump said Paris was a bad deal and punishes the U.S.

For the past week, world leaders have been meeting in Bonn, Germany to hammer out more details on how to reach their goals.  

Dr. Donald Brown, Professor of Sustainability Ethics and Law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg is participating in the conference and joins us on Smart Talk Wednesday from Bonn.

The Arab Spring in 2011 held so much promise for freedom in the Middle East.  Several nations benefitted but others didn't.

Syria in particular fell into chaos with a horrifying civil war. 

Since the war began, 6.5 million people have been displaced.  That's one in three Syrians.  Another 470 thousand are dead. 

Northwestern University professor of politics and author Wendy Pearlman spoke with many refugees for her new book We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled - Voices from Syria.

She appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk.

Wendy Pearlman speaks at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg Wednesday night at 7.

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Northwestern University professor of politics and author Wendy Pearlman

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