The Current

The Current for Nov. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: Christiana Figueres on what was and wasn’t achieved at COP26; what Elon Musk’s past could tell us about his vision of the future; and European countries face more lockdowns and restrictions as COVID-19 surges again
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

COP26 wrapped up in Glasgow last week, but big questions remain on how committed everyone is to reducing coal emissions. For some perspective on what was achieved at the climate summit, we speak to Christiana Figueres. She's the former executive secretary of the United Nations Climate Convention, and she oversaw the creation of the Paris Agreement in 2015. 

Then, he's the richest person in the world, but what's behind Elon Musk's far-out ambitions? That's the question Harvard historian Jill Lepore wants to address in her new podcast, The Evening Rocket. She unpacks Musk's vision for the future and how it's been influenced in part by the science-fiction he grew up on. 

And some European countries are feeling the weight of COVID-19's hand through record-breaking case counts and new restrictions. Gerald Gartlehner, a professor in evidence-based medicine and clinical epidemiology, and Kai Kupferschmidt, a contributing correspondent for Science magazine, give us the rundown in Austria and Germany. We also ask University of Toronto epidemiologist David Fisman if Canadians should be worried about rising numbers in some of our provinces. 

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