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Mongabay Newscast episode 5: UN Climate talks and the impending Trump presidency, conserving salamanders in Mexico, and more

Justin Catanoso, a professor of journalism at Wake Forest University and a regular contributor to Mongabay, joins us on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast all the way from Marrakesh, Morocco, where he’s attending the 22nd Congress of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP22 or simply the UN Climate Summit.

Catanoso wrote a piece for Mongabay, published last Friday, about the responses from delegates at the UN climate talks when they learned of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. Delegates were “aghast and shaken, with emotions ranging from defiance to wishful encouragement,” Catanoso writes.

Mongabay Newscast producer Erik Hoffner also joins us to answer a reader question about efforts to protect critically endangered Ambystoma salamanders in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.

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Trump has dismissed climate science as “a hoax” and promised to “cancel” President Obama’s US commitment to the Paris Agreement. If he does so, the United States will stand alone as the only country in the entire world to reject the scientific consensus that humankind is driving climate change. Photo courtesy of NASA.