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Climate Summit Impact, Restaurants, and Books: Wednesday’s Show (December 9, 2015)

The world has been watching Paris in recent days as the city hosts the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP21. But, since we’re a show that focuses on Houston, we wondered how might climate change decisions made at the summit affect industry here? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with an eye-witness to […]

The world has been watching Paris in recent days as the city hosts the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP21. But, since we’re a show that focuses on Houston, we wondered how might climate change decisions made at the summit affect industry here?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with an eye-witness to the Paris summit, Rives Taylor, a principal architect with the Houston office of the architecture firm Gensler. Then we hear from our own energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling, along with Kathleen Hartnett White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Also this hour: More than 230,000 people work in some 10,000 restaurants in Greater Houston. But a new report says despite the industry’s huge economic impact on the region, working conditions in many of these establishments are poor. We discuss findings from the recent survey on Houston’s restaurant industry, the recommendations to improve working conditions for restaurants workers and what this all means for restaurant goers with Laura Perez-Boston, Harris County Campaign Director for the Texas Organizing Project. We also talk with Chris Cusack, co-founder and CEO of Treadsack, a restaurant and lifestyle group, about his proposal to eliminate tipping.

Plus: Hundreds of thousands of books are published each year, and many of them land on Maggie Galehouse’s desk. She’s the books editor for the Houston Chronicle. But among this huge selection, there are a few with Houston ties that stand out. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin asks Galehouse about some of her favorite books of the year.

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