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S1 E11: Survival Driving Change

Survival: Driving Change

China and the United States are the world's two biggest carbon dioxide emitters, but what approach are these countries' governments taking in the fight against climate change?

In Shenzhen, one of China's most populous cities, new regulations to tackle air pollution are helping to unleash a revolution in clean energy and transport. Stephanie Wong visits Shenzhen to learn more about how the city is cleaning up its transport. 

Meanwhile, the tone has changed in Washington, DC, with the Trump administration rolling back much of the environmental policies that had been made over the past decade. Russell Beard attends the march and speaks to some of the men and women at the forefront of a global network of grassroots resistance.  

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Water: Saving Every Drop

Estimates say that by 2030, if we carry on as we are, the world will have only 60 percent of the water it needs. In India's Ladakh, rising temperatures are leading to glacial melt and water shortages in the mountains of the Himalayas. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is also struggling as it experiences severe drought.  

"earthrise" investigates the local solutions being developed in Ladakh and Jordan to help ease the increasingly worrying water problems. 

Land: Gaining Ground

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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earthrise visits Patagonia National Park to find out how it became one of the biggest conservation projects in history.

Air: Changing the Atmosphere

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. 

  • 2019-09-05T18:30:00-07:00
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Feeding The Billions

earthrise explores potential new strategies to satisfy the growing food demand, from restaurants growing potatoes in the air to jellyfish as a potential sustainable meat alternative.

Food: Farming for the Future

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.

  • 2019-09-12T18:30:00-07:00
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Protecting Precious Landscapes

earthrise discovers rich landscapes threatened by industrial development and the fight to save these precious ecosystems.