What you need to know about the Paris climate conference (COP21)

Timmons Roberts, nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University, discusses climate change and the upcoming global climate talks in Paris.

“Scientists are telling us,” Roberts says, “that about 2 degrees Celsius is about the highest limit to stay safe… And in fact right now we’re just under 1 degree Celsius of warming and we’re already seeing these impacts of wildfires, droughts, heat waves, flooding, sea level rise, melting Greenland icesheets and Antarctica being potentially destabilized. There are great risks we’re running at 1 degree. What is it going to be like at 2?”

Also hear from Senior Fellow Audrey Singer as she discusses a new report on immigrants and their integration into American society. 

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