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Part three in our series on the Paris climate talks.
As the Paris climate conference continues, diplomats are trying to agree on how much they can limit global warming in the future. Limiting that warming is especially important for Boston, a coastal city that is vulnerable to sea-level rise.
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- "Delegates from nearly 200 countries gathered in Paris on Monday to launch two weeks of “make or break” talks aimed to address the growing threat of climate change."
- "President Obama struck a hopeful tone in his speech at the Paris Climate Conference Tuesday. 'It’s hard to come up with a tougher problem than climate change. Or a more consequential problem,' Obama said. 'And yet, despite all that, the main message I’ve got is — I actually think we’re going to solve this thing.'"
- "Leaders from around the world are gathered in Paris this week for the United Nations climate change conference. Among those heading to the conference is Austin Blackmon, Boston’s own chief of environment, energy and open spaces."
- "In Boston, developers still put up new construction at risk of flooding the day it is completed. According to a study by the Boston Harbor Association, had Hurricane Sandy reached Boston at high tide, a few hours earlier, most of the waterfront — including nearly the entire Innovation District — and many other neighborhoods would have been under 2 to 4 feet of water. 'We’re responding in slow motion,' says Wendi Goldsmith, the founder and former director of the Center for Urban Watershed Renewal, an environmental group in Salem."
- "There's a dark joke in the city planning community that refers to an exhibit at the Boston Public Library. Near the Boylston Street entrance, a floor map titled 'Boston Over Time' shows how the city has grown since 1630. Much of that growth, including the Seaport District, the Back Bay, and the land the airport is on, is reclaimed wetlands and marshes or plain old landfill. As the joke goes, the map also shows the future, because with climate change, the sea is going to take it all back."
This segment aired on December 3, 2015.
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