The Current

The Current for Oct. 25, 2021

Today on The Current: Leaked documents show governments lobbying on climate change, prompt concern over success of COP26; Yusef Salaam spent years in prison for a crime he didn't commit — but he refuses to be bitter; and the state of COVID-19 in Russia, the U.K. and Puerto Rico
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

As world leaders prepare to gather in Glasgow for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, leaked documents show some governments tried to water down a recent UN science panel report on global warming. Activists say that behind-the-scenes lobbying undermines those governments' public commitments to change, and it could hinder efforts in Glasgow. Matt Galloway talks to Simon Lewis, a professor in global change science at University College London; and Severn Cullis-Suzuki, the executive director of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Plus, as one of the Central Park Five, Yusef Salaam spent almost seven years in prison for a violent rape that he did not commit. Despite that, he refuses to let his anger about the ordeal turn into bitterness. He tells us about overcoming the ordeal and his new book Better, not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice

And how are countries around the world faring with COVID-19? We discuss new restrictions and low vaccination rates in Russia with Anna Nemtsova, the Moscow correspondent for The Daily Beast; skyrocketing cases among the young in the U.K. with clinical epidemiologist Dr. Deepti Gurdasani; and a success story in Puerto Rico with Daniel Colón-Ramos, president of the Scientific Coalition of Puerto Rico.