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Conference Critical For Implementing Climate Change Plans

Image of Flags Outside Climate Conference
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A member of security forces stands guard outside the COP22 village, in Marrakech, Morocco, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

World leaders and climate change negotiators gathered in Marrakech, Morocco yesterday for the first day of a United Nations climate talks conference. Leaders are following up on last year’s historic meeting in Paris where they developed a blueprint for reducing carbon emissions and voluntarily pledged to do their part to limit the rise in global temperatures.

"Our tropical forests act as sponges. For the first time the Paris Agreement talks about the importance of forests," Justin Catanoso

Officials in Marrakech are expected to operationalize the Paris agreement and discuss how to develop the financial and technical resources necessary to help countries achieve climate change goals. Host Frank Stasio discusses the state of the climate with reporter Justin Catanoso, professor of journalism at Wake Forest University. Check out Justin's climate change reporting here.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.