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Antarctica on the Edge
Antarctica, one of the most remote and desolate locations on Earth also functions as one of the world's main cooling systems. However, after decades of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, parts of the continent are now warming faster than anywhere else on the planet.
Over the years, climate change has led to increased erosion of the continent, altered ocean currents and affected wildlife. Warmer currents are now flowing further south, towards the icy terrain, contributing to glacial melt, rising sea levels and drastically changing habitats.
To understand how the region is changing, a group of 55 scientists commissioned by the Swiss Polar Institute have boarded the research vessel, Academic Treshnikov, to conduct 22 experiments around the continent. The scientists are working hard to study a range of phenomena related to climate change by analysing sea creatures, rocks, and more.
It is hoped their research will shed light on the effects the changes to this landscape will have on all of us. However, the scientists know one thing is for certain: the international community needs to take immediate action to counter climate change.
Tarek Bazley joins the group in Hobart and sets off on a month-long journey around Antarctica.
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"earthrise" sets off on a month-long journey around Antarctica to study the effects of climate change on the continent.
The survival of people and wildlife depends on the health of the land. The economic prosperity of a country is linked to the richness of its resources. But our demand for these is destroying the land and all it harbors.
Our consumption of the earth's natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years. Now, a third of the planet's land is severely degraded. Each year, we lose 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil. And at least 10,000 species go extinct every year.
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Every year seven million people die from air pollution. It's the world's biggest environmental killer.
Italy is Europe's most polluted country: in 2012, more than 84,000 people in the country died prematurely owing to bad air quality. To combat this, scientists have developed a new type of photocatalytic cement that absorbs pollutants and turns them into harmless salts.
Climate change has disrupted weather patterns across the globe, destroying farmland and increasing pest outbreaks. As a result, both the livelihoods of farmers and food supplies have been pushed to breaking point.
"earthrise" sets off to South Africa and Nepal to see how some newly developed solutions are helping farmers to produce food for a growing population as conditions change.
A look at how communities in India and Denmark have adjusted their way of living, turning it into a greener alternative.
In Denmark, see how a 100%-renewable community on Samso Island is investing in its own green society. In India, a new method of cremation is helping Hindu tradition become more environmentally friendly.
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