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Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The international climate talks wrapped up in Paris this weekend as the United Nations parties finalized an agreement to stave off climate change. The terms of the agreement call for limiting global temperature rise to around 1.5 degrees Celsius, well below the initial goal of 2 degrees.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Bob Thomas, professor and director of Loyola’s center for environmental communication, about whether it will make a difference.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

The San Bernardino shooters appear to have been radicalized for a long time, and that information was out in the open... Harry Shearer says we learn more about Malik and Farook every day from public information, even while law enforcement officials demand reduced privacy protections for the rest of us.

Here's his take, in song.

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards.
Richard David Ramsey

Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards announced earlier this month an executive order he’ll issue once in office, that will protect LGBT state and government employees from being fired based on sexual orientation. An executive order issued by current Governor Bobby Jindal, which protects the right to not recognize gay marriage, was largely seen as a negative for business.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

On this week's Le Show, Harry Shearer premiers a new song, Malik and Farook. Also, Dick Chaney Confidential: Gets a Bust, News of the Godly, News from Outside the Bubble, Our Freedom-Loving Friends, News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Warm, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

As New Orleans officials consider removing four Civil War-era monuments, two members of the City Council are declaring their objections. They center on the process.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pledging to reduce the city’s emissions and invest in its ability to cope with extreme weather caused by climate change. By signing the Compact of Mayors in Paris last week, Landrieu joins 20 other mayors pledging to do things like build more bike lanes, get people to use LED lights and build energy-efficient buildings. New Orleans is already part of the 100 Resilient Cities project and has developed a plan to improve water management and decrease emissions.

A group of indigenous people from all over the world led a kayak flotilla through a canal in central Paris.
Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Indigenous people want their voices to be heard during the international climate talks. They are rallying in Paris, saying their communities and interests are not fully represented in the official negotiations. Indigenous groups want legally-binding language that protects their way of life in the wake of climate change.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer interviews Yves Smith from Naked Capitalism. Also, The Apologies of the Week.

A new national report has some suggestions for Louisiana lawmakers struggling to balance the state budget. The Pew Charitable Trusts found that sharing information is key to predicting revenue flow.

Protesters on the second day of the United Nations climate change talks in Paris.
Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Many small island countries are banking on support from the United Nations to help them cope with the impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion, as a result of climate change. WWNO’s Tegan Wendland reports from Paris on the second day of UN negotiations to reduce global warming. She found that island nations' challenges are similar to those faced here in Louisiana.

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