Newscast for Friday, May 3, 2013
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Island countries and nations most affected by climate change are calling for action, as the latest round of UN-backed talks wrap up today in Bonn, Germany. The talks lay the groundwork for November’s international climate summit in Poland, which aim to secure an international agreement by 2015. Scientists warn that the amount of carbon in the atmosphere has reached urgent levels - and much sooner than expected. According to data this week from the Scripps Institution for Oceanography, the amount of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, is expected to pass 400 parts per million this month -- the first time in human history. Climate activists, like former NASA scientist James Hansen and 350.org, have said that carbon levels need to get below 350 in order to avoid irreversible effects from climate change. For more we’re joined by Meena Raman, she’s the climate change negotiations expert with the Third World Network and she joins us from Bonn.
Over the last few days, protesters gathered at the US Embassy in Mexico City, calling on US President Barack Obama to end deportations and stop the separation of families. Migrant justice groups said they planned to dedicate a plaque to remember migrants who have been killed or disappeared while traveling to the US. The demonstrations were held today while Obama met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the National Palace. FSRN’s Dawn Paley reports.
Speaking to students at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City today, President Barack Obama said “a new Mexico is emerging,” in part because of its
“willingness to discard old habits that aren’t working.” But during his visit to Latin America he has repeatedly voiced support for several long-standing policies related to drugs and law enforcement that human rights groups say cause violence and displacement in Mexico, and don’t reduce drug trafficking. FSRN’s Alice Ollstein reports.
In Queens, New York, meat department workers at Trade Fair Supermarkets have been striking from work to protest what they say are unfair labor practices. FSRN's Salim Rizvi has more from New York.