New US climate pledge: Cut emissions 50% this decade, but can Biden make it happen? By Morgan Bazilian and David Victor for the Conversation 4/23/2021

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Stopping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius ‐ the aim of the Paris climate agreement‐ will require an immediate global effort that can transform energy systems and make emissions plummet at rates never observed before in history. Statements from the 40 world leaders at the virtual summit reflected both ambitious visions for that future ‐ and the reality that words don't always match actions on the ground.

Can the U.S. meet its new goal?

Our chief concern is industrial reality ‐ cutting emissions by half within a decade implies transforming the electricity system, transportation, industry and agriculture. But the Biden administration has to move carefully.

Minnesota faces its racism by Rashad Shabazz for the Conversation, 4/24/2021

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That false assumption was easy to believe when the Black population was small, contained and largely out of sight. But Black Minneapolis' population growth in recent decades, and the torrent of police violence that has followed, proved otherwise.

The murder of George Floyd last year and Daunte Wright's killing in a nearby community last week demonstrate that despite the state's liberal posture and Lutheran ethic, institutional anti–Black racism is as Minnesotan as ice fishing, untaxed groceries and “ya, sure, youbetcha” memes.

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