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UN Climate Summit: How can the global community make progress to avert disaster, if the US refuses to move on climate action? Plus: What happened to the money for Oakland Promise?

0:08 – Cat and Mitch analyze the official House inquiry into impeachment, the whistleblower case, and the newly released transcript of Trumps comments to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 demanding he investigate his political rival, Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

0:34 – What did and did not happen at the UN Climate Action Summit this week: KPFA’s Brian Edwards-Tiekert explains a major theme of the talks inside and alongside the UN is that nation’s are not going to move on climate policy, if the United States – historically the biggest climate polluter in the world – does not move at all. Brian speaks with former presidential candidate running on climate policy, WA Governor Jay Inslee, environmental non-profit leaders, CA energy officials, and youth delegates.

1:08 – The US and El Salvador have signed a new agreement on asylum, that will put El Salvador in a position of accepting third country asylum seekers. Critics say the country is not prepared to do so, and it was pressured by the US, and will ultimately leave asylum seekers without options or opportunity. We speak with Kate Jastram is Senior Staff Attorney and Gender Asylum Campaign Director with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law.

1:20 – KPFA Climate News: Global warming is hitting hard in India, the second most populous country in the world…The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted that India will face a range of calamities like floods, heatwaves and water scarcity…Climate change is already contributing to the dwindling flows of India’s most sacred and the world’s third largest river, the Ganges. Jasvinder Seghal reports from the banks of the Ganges River for KPFA.

1:25 – KPFA Climate News: The climate summit in New York seems remote to the tens of thousands of people still struggling to recover from the deadly cyclone that March that devastated parts of Southern Africa. Climate justice groups say the intensity of the clone was a direct result of global warming — and yet another example of how the poorest nations suffer the worst effects of a problem they did not cause. Garikai Chaunza reports from Zimbabwe for KPFA.

1:34 – Oakland Promise is the Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s signature initiative to support low-income children’s education and going to college. But since its inception in 2015, no money has been spent. So where is the money? Oakland Council President Rebecca Kaplan has called for an audit of Oakland Promise, and was rebuked by the Mayor as “petty.” But the public has a right to know where the tax-payer funds have gone. Ken Epstein is a reporter and contributing editor with the Oakland Post, and is closely covering the Oakland Promise controversy. 

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