UN Climate Conference, More Police Body Cameras Coming to Chicago


COP21: Paris Conference Could be Climate Turning Point, Says Obama-BBC News

At the UN Climate Conference in Paris on Monday, leaders from 147 nations around the world gathered to discuss a worldwide goal to reduce carbon emissions in order to stop global warming. President Barack Obama stressed that “Climate change could define the contours of this century more than any other (challenge).”  Obama also argued that the world’s economy has grown while there has been a lack of conversations or awareness about carbon emissions and their impact on global warming.  In two weeks, negotiators from 195 countries hope to reach a global deal to limit carbon emissions being released to reduce global warming by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chicago to Expand Use of Police Body Cameras-NY Times

On Sunday, Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel publicized that more police officers in the city would wear video cameras expanding from a pilot program that started in one police district in January.  This announcement comes after protests in Chicago due to Chicago officials releasing video of a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.  The police officer, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder a year after the shooting. Chicago is planning to have 1,200 to 1,400 new body cameras out on the streets by next year.  “In addition to protecting police officers and citizens, cameras have been shown to reduce citizen complaints against police and are great tools for evidence gathering and training as they allow us to learn from actual encounters with the public,” Garry F. McCarthy, Chicago’s police superintendent said. 

Change Hits Saudi Arabia: 900 Women Run for Office-CNN

The Dec. 12 municipal election in Saudi Arabia will be the first time in the country’s history that women will be allowed to vote and campaign for a public office position. This may seem like a sweeping change, but women are only allowed to take part in the election process on the municipal level. However, more than 900 women are running for public office. Saudi women are still forbidden from driving alone and cannot travel without a male guardian due to the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Sunni Islam that the country is governed by.