In June 2017, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, an accord that represents the commitment of almost all nations to address global warming. The U.S., which, under the Obama administration, was a major force in creating the 2015 Paris accord, is now almost alone among nations in rejecting this commitment. Professor Selin describes the long struggle to commit the international community to prepare for the worldwide climate crisis and he explains why tackling the crisis requires global action. Image: Germanwatch, Countries most affected by extreme weather events (1992 - 2011)
Dr. Henrik Selin is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of Curricular Innovation & Initiatives in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Selin is the author and co-editor of several major books on global issues of environment and climate change, along with many professional articles. He has also written numerous articles for the general public on the need for a global policy to deal with climate change.