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    24 Hours of Reality

    One day, once a year, we stand up together and demand real solutions to the climate crisis. Because when the world comes together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.

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      Argentina

      SHOWTIME: DEC 5th @ 8:00pm ART / 6:00pm ET / 11:00pm GMT

      Sea-level rise in some areas offshore of Argentina has been among the greatest globally, and Argentine coastal settlements, including its capital, Buenos Aires, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of rising seas.

      The Road Forward

      During the hour dedicated to Argentina, 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will highlight the country’s incredible potential for renewable energy. Already, Argentina is working to harness this potential by making robust investments in clean energy and supporting renewables with tariffs, while President Mauricio Macri has expressed support for “filling Patagonia with windmills.” Paying special attention to Argentina’s agriculture industry, which accounts for 26 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at the country’s ability to lead the world in implementing cost-effective efforts to reduce animal and agricultural emissions, along with the new government’s plans to enhance Argentina’s Paris Agreement commitments.

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      Venezuela

      SHOWTIME: DEC 5th @ 8:00pm LOCAL / 7:00pm ET / 12:00am GMT

      By 2079, temperatures in Venezuela are projected to increase between 2.5 to 3.5 degrees Celsius, compounding the country’s already growing vulnerability to vector-borne diseases like Zika, malaria, Dengue fever, and more.

      The Road Forward

      As one of the energy resource capitals of the world, Venezuela holds one of the largest reserves of oil and gas, and the country’s economy is dependent upon exports of these resources. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at how subsidy reform could help push funding for a more diversified, low-carbon energy and economic transition, while simultaneously supporting other important social programs and services for the people of Venezuela. The broadcast will also touch on Venezuela’s domestic electricity system, which mostly relies on renewable sources like hydropower. There is great potential to expand the country’s use of renewables even further by diversifying energy sources to include wind and solar, which have the potential to solve common problems like drought-induced blackouts and the subsequent citizen unrest they have created in the past.

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      Mexico

      SHOWTIME: DEC 5th @ 7:00pm LOCAL / 8:00pm ET / 1:00am GMT

      Mexico is among the top five countries in the world projected to experience the highest increases in poverty due to climate-induced extreme weather events.

      The Road Forward

      As one of three nations in North America, Mexico has cooperated with Canada and the United States to push for 50 percent overall clean power generation continent-wide by 2025, and the country itself is already well on its way to meeting this goal. Energy reforms and a new carbon tax are expanding renewable energy development and diversifying the country’s energy mix; Mexico City’s effective and sustainable transportation system is one of the most sophisticated in the world; and the country is making a strong effort to improve air quality by committing to halving production of black carbon. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will also focus on how Mexico’s largely Roman Catholic population is responding to the moral challenge of the climate crisis in the face of heatwaves, droughts, disease threat, and other effects.

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      Canada

      SHOWTIME: DEC 5th @ 6:00pm LOCAL / 9:00pm ET / 2:00am GMT

      An unusually intense May 2016 wildfire – one characterized to be consistent with wildfires from human-caused climate change – roared into Fort McMurray, an urban service area in Alberta, and destroyed 2,400 homes and other buildings, causing an estimated $3.6 billion in damages. More severe wildfires are just one of the impacts that Canada can expect to face in a changing global climate.

      The Road Forward

      Canada has capitalized on the value of international partnerships to fight the climate crisis, building upon the Paris Agreement’s spirit of collaboration. In addition to trilateral cooperation with the United States and Mexico on clean power generation, Canada has also collaborated with US states on emissions trading and the Western Climate Initiative, which brings California and several Canadian provinces together to reduce greenhouse gases in this shared region. 24 Hours of Reality will look at this progress, along with Canada’s subnational action on climate through initiatives such as carbon taxes in British Columbia and Alberta, Ontario going coal-free, and Quebec’s cap-and-trade program. Canada is also a great example of how public support for action can usher in a new era of climate-savvy leadership, best exemplified by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his promises to build “climate credibility.”

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      Australia

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 2:00pm LOCAL / 10:00pm ET / 3:00am GMT

      Climate change will hit Australia harder than the rest of the world, according to a 2015 study by the national science agency, CSIRO, and the Bureau of Meteorology. The agencies project that impacts are likely to include higher temperatures, rising sea levels, more droughts and wildfires, and further damage to the Great Barrier Reef.

      The Road Forward

      Local action and adoption of renewable energy in Australia has been very strong in spite of slow political reform or outright resistance to climate action. This year’s 24 Hours of Reality broadcast will look at the environmental challenges Australia faces due to the prevalence of coal mining and a proposed coal port expansion that could further affect the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally, Australia’s agriculture industry has suffered from extreme temperatures and unpredictable rainfall, which are wreaking havoc on wheat, wine, corn, beef, and dairy production. In the face of these challenges, the broadcast will delve into how farmers in Australia are taking action to protect their livelihood.

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      Japan

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 1:00pm LOCAL / 11:00pm ET / 4:00am GMT

      The waters off Japan are considered some of the richest fisheries in the world and represent a multi-billion-dollar business to the country, but are threatened as the retreat of Arctic drift ice and sea surface temperature warming alter the delicate and rich oceanic environment.

      The Road Forward

      In 2011, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, public fears about safety of nuclear power fueled an increase in coal and gas consumption. However, the country also experienced a solar boom after the disaster, with domestic solar PV sales increasing an impressive 30.7 percent. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will take a look at how Japan can continue developing renewable energy, paying particular attention to the potential for geothermal development and the role of the nation’s 2012 carbon tax in supporting clean energy alternatives. Additionally, the broadcast will look at the climate challenges Japan faces, including typhoons, sea-level rise, and the increasing scarcity of fish due to warming waters and wetlands loss, which is having major impacts on Japan’s $14 billion fishing industry.

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      South Korea

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 2:00pm LOCAL / 12:00am ET / 5:00am GMT

      The Yellow Sea tidal flats – 40,000 km along the coastlines of China, North Korea, and South Korea – provide important ecosystem services like storm protection, coastline stabilization, and food production for more than 150 million people – and are vulnerable to rising sea levels and intensifying storms.

      The Road Forward

      The nation’s capital, Seoul, is often called Asia’s most sustainable city, and 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at how the country has created a favorable environment for clean energy through strong national action, including the implementation of a cap-and-trade system. South Korea is also home to the Green Climate Fund, which invests in low-carbon, climate-resilient development, and is located in the “smart city” of Songdo International Business District in Incheon.

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      China

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 2:00pm CST / 1:00am ET / 6:00am GMT

      The world’s highest greenhouse gas emitter, China, has experienced significant air pollution problems in its cities, costing an estimated 6.5 percent of its GDP annually due to lost productivity (in addition to significant public health problems).

      The Road Forward

      After years of rapid economic growth powered by fossil fuels, China has emerged in recent years as a global leader in addressing the climate crisis. Though China is still the world’s top consumer of coal, the country has made commitments to limiting its use, simultaneously leading the world in expanding wind and solar energy. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at China’s efforts to curb carbon emissions through its national carbon market and the low-carbon cities popping up all across the country. The hour will also touch on air quality, one of China’s most high-profile climate concerns.

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      Indonesia

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 2:00pm WIB / 2:00am ET / 7:00am GMT

      Deforestation is a huge problem for Indonesia, which is home to the third largest area of tropical rainforest on the planet but lost more than 15 million acres to deforestation between 2000 to 2012. Since just September 2015, over 4 million acres of forest and farmland have been burned to clear land for agriculture.

      The Road Forward

      Indonesia’s major climate challenge is deforestation, which is responsible for enormous amounts of carbon emissions. Part of this larger challenge is the country’s conversion of peatlands for palm oil, a process that destroys an important ecosystem while emitting dangerous amounts of greenhouse gases. There has also been a rapid increase in Indonesia’s energy use in recent years, which has led to a doubling of coal consumption in the last decade. Despite this, use of solar energy is increasing quickly throughout the country, and 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at the continued growth of this clean energy solution, along with Indonesia’s incredible potential for geothermal energy.

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      Malaysia

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 4:00pm MYT / 3:00am ET / 8:00am GMT

      Historically, oil and gas have been the main energy sources for Malaysia; however, both will run out in the not-distant future – with gas reserves estimated to end within 29 years and oil reserves in just 15 years.

      The Road Forward

      Palm oil production and the related deforestation are major problems in Malaysia and several other Southeast Asian nations. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will explore the environmental impacts of palm oil production, and Malaysia’s work to bolster renewable energy in the face of waning fossil fuel reserves.

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      Thailand

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 4:00pm SGT / 4:00am ET / 9:00am GMT

      Thailand is one of the 16 countries considered to be at “extreme risk” to climate change impacts over the next 30 years, such as stronger typhoons and sea level rise.

      The Road Forward

      Transport accounts for one-third of final energy consumption in Thailand, making it the second-highest energy consuming sector and creating traffic problems for cities like Bangkok. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at how Thailand can continue to expand mass transit to both cut emissions and improve crowded road conditions. The hour will also focus on Thailand’s recent solar boom and the country’s fairly ambitious renewable energy targets, along with some of the major local impacts of the climate crisis, including typhoons and threats to Thailand’s rich biodiversity.

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      India

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 3:30pm IST / 5:00am ET / 10:00am GMT

      By 2040, India is set to contribute more than any other country to the projected rise in global energy demand (25 percent) as its economy grows five times larger and its population expands to become the world’s most populous country.

      The Road Forward

      India suffers from widespread energy poverty, as roughly 300 million people do not have access to electricity. Renewable energy development could transform the lives of people across the country, and 24 Hours of Reality will look at both the challenges and the potential presented by India’s electricity sector. The hour will also focus on the country’s massive new commitments to boosting wind and solar generation and how India’s role in the International Solar Alliance is driving the reduction of solar costs around the world.

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      Iran

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 2:30pm IRST / 6:00am ET / 11:00am GMT

      On July 31, 2015, the Persian Gulf city of Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, set a new heat record with an air temperature of 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit); after accounting for humidity, the heat index was 74 degrees Celsius (165.2 degrees Fahrenheit). This could be just a taste for what’s in store for the Middle East in a warming world, with one recent study even suggesting that parts of the region could become “uninhabitable” over the course of the twenty-first century due to the growing number of extremely hot days.

      The Road Forward

      Iran is one of the oil and gas capitals of the world, and the economy’s deep ties to the fossil fuel industry pose major challenges. However, the country’s immense potential to develop renewable sources of energy, along with recent policies that mark Iran’s commitment to a clean energy future hold incredible promise. The hour will also focus on climate change’s role in exacerbating national security issues and other conflicts in the Middle East.

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      Saudi Arabia

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 3:00pm AST / 7:00am ET / 12:00pm GMT

      In a warming world, temperatures in important population centers in Saudi Arabia such as Riyadh, Dhahran, and Mecca are projected to exceed the threshold for human adaptability by the end of the century.

      The Road Forward

      Saudi Arabia has been historically dependent on its rich reserves of oil, but in recent years, the country has introduced plans to diversify its economy in part by expanding into renewable energy development. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will explore Saudi Arabia’s immense solar potential, as the country moves to harness this abundant source of clean energy. Saudi Vision 2030, a blueprint for the country’s future laid out by the government, includes a national push for greater use of solar energy and increased investment in this promising renewable energy solution. The hour will also focus on climate change’s role in compromising national security and exacerbating regional conflicts.

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      Russia

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 4:00pm MSK / 8:00am ET / 1:00pm GMT

      Russia is the world’s largest producer of crude oil and the second-largest producer of dry natural gas, and together, they account for more than 50 percent of Russia’s federal budget revenues. At the same time, the country is vulnerable to a host of climate change impacts, including melting permafrost, increasing wildfires, deadly heat waves, and rapidly rising average temperatures.

      The Road Forward

      Despite Russia’s aging energy infrastructure and vague commitments made in Paris, this major world power has the potential to become a “green giant” by further developing renewable energy. Russia’s potential for leadership on renewable energy has historic precedent, as the country had the world’s first utility-scale wind turbines and the first tidal electric plant. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look into the future of Russian energy, and also focus on the renewed security issues the country faces as melting ice in the Arctic Ocean poses threats concerning the Northwest Passage.

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      Turkey

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 4:00pm EET / 9:00am ET / 2:00pm GMT

      Severe drought linked to climate change in the Middle East, particularly Syria, has contributed to the waves of climate refugees entering Turkey, constituting a crisis that compromises the country’s national security and stresses its government resources and sovereignty. It is a prime reminder of how climate change is not just a global environmental issue, but also a global natural security issue.

      The Road Forward

      Turkey relies heavily on coal for its energy needs, despite its potential to develop a diversified energy portfolio. The 24 Hours of Reality broadcast will look at how Turkey can begin to generate geothermal, solar, and wind power as alternatives to coal. Additionally, in the midst of conflicts in the Middle East sending refugees fleeing west, the hour will also look at how the climate crisis threatens to exacerbate Turkey’s national security concerns.

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      Nigeria

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 4:00pm WAT / 10:00am ET / 3:00pm GMT

      Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa, and its famed Delta region has suffered major environmental damage from oil spills caused by pipeline sabotage from oil theft, poorly maintained and aging pipelines, and spills from illegal refineries.

      The Road Forward

      As the largest oil producer in Africa and one of the largest oil producers in the world, Nigeria has created an economy deeply tied to the continued use of fossil fuels. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at the often-ignored environmental damage and resource conflicts caused by the oil industry, including oil spills in the Niger River Delta and rampant pollution. Development of renewable energy sources may hold the key to energy poverty alleviation and greater democratization of resources, and the broadcast will explore the myriad ways Nigeria can move in this direction. The hour will also pay special attention to the major impacts of climate change within the country, including desertification and water scarcity, which are aggravating internal conflicts.

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      South Africa

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 6:00pm SAST / 11:00am ET / 4:00pm GMT

      Temperatures over subtropical southern Africa have risen at more than twice the global rate over the last five decades, generally, and South Africa itself set record-high temperatures and received its lowest rainfall in 112 years during 2015.

      The Road Forward

      South Africa is an important leader on the African continent, and this year’s 24 Hours of Reality broadcast will look at how South Africa’s renewable energy incentive program and other policies can serve as models for other emerging African markets to replicate. Additionally, the broadcast will focus on how South Africa has developed renewable energy as a way to alleviate energy poverty.

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      Germany

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 6:00pm CET / 12:00pm ET / 5:00pm GMT

      In Germany, Europe’s largest economy, the Bavarian Alps region has experienced twice the global average temperature rise, leading to glacial melt that may result in the total disappearance of Bavarian glaciers in just 20 to 30 years. Germany’s federal government expects that only one out of ten winter sports regions in the Alps and uplands will offer enough snow for skiing in the near future.

      The Road Forward

      Germany is a world leader in renewable energy, and 24 Hours of Reality will look at how the German economy has decoupled growth from fossil fuels and made renewables its primary source of electricity. While Germany is certainly a leader on clean energy development and deployment, the country still faces many climate challenges, and this hour will focus on some of the major impacts, including melting glaciers in the Bavarian Alps.

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      Italy

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 7:00pm CET / 1:00pm ET / 6:00pm GMT

      The city of Venice is already experiencing the impacts of sea-level rise, and with sea levels expected to rise up to 1.5 meters by the end of the century, the city and several UNESCO World Heritage sites could be underwater. Rising seas are just one of the many impacts Italy could face this century as the world’s climate changes.

      The Road Forward

      Italy is one of the world’s largest users of solar electricity, and the country has used renewables as a means of achieving greater energy security and energy independence. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at Italy’s renewable energy wins, including 39 municipalities in the country reaching 100 percent renewable electricity. The broadcast will also focus on how Italy’s large Roman Catholic population is responding to the climate crisis and Pope Francis’s influence as a climate champion.

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      France

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 8:00pm CET / 2:00pm ET / 7:00pm GMT

      In 2016, major flooding in France caused the Seine River to burst its banks, killed four people, and left an estimated billion Euros’ worth of damage in its wake. France also is particularly vulnerable to the coastal flooding that is projected to affect an additional 5.5 million people per year in Europe by the 2080s.

      The Road Forward

      In December 2015, France hosted the UN’s COP 21 negotiations, demonstrating unparalleled strength and leadership, especially in the immediate aftermath of an unexpected and devastating terrorist attack. The Paris Agreement would not have been possible without the support of President François Hollande, the French government, and French negotiators, and 24 Hours of Reality will look at how the Paris Agreement is ushering the world into a new era of climate action. Additionally, the broadcast will look at France’s role in a post-Paris Agreement world, specifically the country’s leadership in diversifying its energy mix to include more renewables. The hour will also look at the major impacts of climate change, including 2016’s massive flooding in the nation’s capital.

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      United Kingdom

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm GMT

      Even as questions remain about the future of climate action in a post-Brexit Britain, the UK has much to celebrate in developing a strong market for renewable energy.

      The Road Forward

      After launching the Industrial Revolution on the strength of coal power back in the nineteenth century, today, the United Kingdom is in the middle of a long-term transition to a low-carbon economy. Challenges remain, however, and with the world asking about the priorities for climate action following the UK’s decision to exit the European Union, 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will explore these questions while highlighting Britain’s success in creating the world’s largest offshore wind market. The hour will focus on the UK’s renewable energy wins, including a plan to phase out coal by 2025, and make the case that it’s not the time to roll back renewable energy incentives or embrace fracking as a long-term solution.

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      Brazil

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 7:00pm BRST / 4:00pm ET / 9:00pm GMT

      Deforestation in the Amazon Basin is one of the largest environmental issues faced by Brazil. Compared to the 1970 baseline, the amount of forest cover remaining in the Brazilian Amazon has decreased by almost 20 percent as of 2015. Because the Amazon is one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, loss of the forest has implications not only for the unique ecosystems and livelihoods it supports, but also for the global climate.

      The Road Forward

      Brazil is a uniquely energy independent country, but faces political challenges that threaten to de-prioritize climate action and exacerbate the widespread problem of deforestation. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at deforestation in the Amazon and contemplate how the country can protect its forests while continuing its economic growth. Additionally, the hour will focus on Brazil’s continued development of renewable energy, including wind power, and the major impacts of climate change, featuring a discussion about climate change’s role in the spread of the Zika virus that plagued this year’s Rio Olympics.

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      United States

      SHOWTIME: DEC 6th @ 5:00pm ET / 5:00pm ET / 10:00pm GMT

      The US is moving towards a low-carbon economy – with or without the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and regardless of the country’s recent change in leadership – having seen $23-49 billion in clean energy investment each year since 2007, totaling $333 billion over that period.

      The Road Forward

      The United States was instrumental in orchestrating the Paris Agreement, but the country faces a lot of uncertainty on climate issues after the November election. 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward will look at how federal initiatives, including the Clean Power Plan, the Climate Action Plan, and fuel efficiency standards, have been important in reducing emissions and moving the US toward a clean energy economy. The hour will also focus on the the transformation of the US electricity sector and the increasing importance of local, state, and private sector action on climate.

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    • We are at an important moment in the climate movement. As the first truly global accord, the Paris Agreement was monumental. And yet with it came numerous questions about how each nation – and each of us individually – can create the continued change that is required. The inflection point at hand is about the transition from debate and denial, to action and sustainable growth for all. Join us on December 5-6, 2016 for our sixth annual live-streamed multimedia show where we will travel around the world highlighting the top 24 carbon dioxide emitting countries.
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