Air Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time Slot: 7:30 PM-8:00 PM EST on HBO
Episode Title: (#57/503) "When the Earth Melts / Displaced"
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Show #57 (season 5, edition 3)

Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 10 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT)

"When the Earth Melts": With climate change warming the Arctic at an alarming rate, the frozen earth that covers almost a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere's landmass is beginning to thaw. There are more greenhouse gases trapped in these deep layers of permafrost than all human fossil fuel emissions since 1850 combined. Now, that trapped carbon is escaping into the atmosphere. If this thaw continues unchecked, scientists warn it could awaken "a sleeping giant" of climate change. VICE correspondent Ben Anderson travels across the Arctic to examine the devastating impact of thawing permafrost - and the astonishing solution that might keep it frozen.

"Displaced": 2016 was the deadliest year yet for refugees making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in hopes of reaching Europe. And as borders tighten across an increasingly nationalist Europe, the prospects of building a new life are growing darker for the 180,000-plus refugees who arrived in Italy alone this past year. From an emerging underground railroad at the Italian border to the demolition of France's largest refugee settlement, VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni follows the journey of these refugees in limbo.

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