Friday April 21, 2017

Will American inaction doom the fight against climate change?

Climate change has affected the South Asian monsoon, which in turn affects everything and everyone that depends on it.

Climate change has affected the South Asian monsoon, which in turn affects everything and everyone that depends on it. (AFP/Getty Images)

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With the U.S. potentially backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement, where does it leave the rest of the world in its attempt to address climate change? Is it possible to progress toward a greener future globally without the support of one of the top polluters?

A panel of experts joins Quirks & Quarks to discuss how the world's two other major polluters, China and India, are tackling climate change within their own borders, but also address the need to take global leadership.   

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China's government has set 2030 as a deadline for the country to reach its peak for emissions of carbon dioxide. (Getty Images)

Dr. Arunabha Ghosh is the chief executive officer of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, a South Asian not-for-profit policy research institution in New Delhi, India.

Dr. Dabo Guan is the Chair Professor in Climate Change Economics at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.

Dr. Mark Jaccard is an environmental economist, and Professor of Sustainable Energy in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.

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