The Daily Climate Show: Sky News programme dedicated to global crisis is launching this week

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The Daily Climate Show is launching on Sky News on Wednesday - the first daily primetime news programme dedicated to climate change, which has become the single biggest global issue of our generation.

Presented by Anna Jones, the 15-minute show will follow Sky News correspondents as they investigate how global warming is changing our landscape and how we all live our lives.

The programme will put people at the heart of its journalism and will hear from those impacted by climate change, and people adapting to it, as well as scientists and policymakers.

It will hear from Nzambi Matee, a Kenyan engineer who was frustrated by the amount of plastic waste in her community and subsequently partnered with plastic manufacturers and waste collectors to recycle plastics into bricks for pavement construction.

She then founded a company that employs more than 100 people, the majority of them women.

Youth climate justice activist Mitzi Jonelle Tan, who is from the Philippines - a country badly affected by climate change - also tells her story, revealing what motivated her to co-found various climate action groups and lead a campaign to persuade corporations to divest from fossil fuels.

The show also speaks to Inna Braverman, who survived the Chernobyl nuclear disaster as a two-year-old.

In 2011, aged 24 and without any engineering experience, she co-founded a company that harnesses wave power to create electricity.

The programme aims to show people that climate change is happening now, not in the future, as well as offering solutions to the crisis.

The data wall on the programme will show data that tracks in real time the changes happening to our planet right now, such as the University of Oxford's Global Warming Index, which reveals how the Earth's temperature is steadily rising in fractions of a degree.

Presenter Anna Jones said: "Even when you're on air you can see the temperature ticking up all the time which really brings home how this is something that is happening right now and it's something that affects all of us."

Another stat from the Climate Clock by Concordia University in Canada, which tracks global warming in real time, estimates that it will take just 11 years for the earth to warm by 1.5 degrees.

The 2015 Paris Agreement said the world needs to keep global warming below 2 degrees - and ideally at 1.5 degrees - in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: "In my nearly 40 years in journalism the environment story has always been covered episodically - in fits and starts. I really wanted to make clear to people by launching this show that climate change is happening right now, all the time."

Sky News has a long-standing commitment to environmental issues with campaigns to protect the rainforest and to remove single-use plastics.

It has a dedicated climate change editorial team and Alex Crawford's compelling documentary, The Plastic Nile, recently won Environment Story of the Year at the Foreign Press Association media awards.

US environmental activist Erin Brockovich told the programme: "I am damn proud of you - taking on the conversation of climate, of water, of this planet, of its future. Putting it out there so people can know, people can learn."

The Daily Climate Show hopes to make the climate emergency more relevant to people and show the scale of the challenge - but also how far we have come.

It also wants to show that climate adaption and solutions can be positive - especially to people who have become disillusioned by negative reporting.

There will also be a digital edition of the programme published across all of Sky News' social platforms, including Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram, in a bid to reach new audiences.

The launch of the programme comes as Britain prepares to host the COP26 climate change summit, in which Sky is a Principal Partner and Media Partner at the summit to be held in Glasgow this November.

John Ryley said: "There has never been a more urgent need to report accurately on the climate crisis and to bring this story to new audiences. In this critical year for action ahead of COP26, The Daily Climate Show from Sky News will feature forensic data journalism, expert analysis and eyewitness reporting, and look at the solutions to climate change."

COP26 President Alok Sharma said: "As we prepare for COP26 in Glasgow I'm delighted to see how Sky, a Principal Partner and Media Partner for COP26, is informing and engaging its viewers about the climate crisis, and the need for urgent action, through the Daily Climate Show.

"Businesses, including media organisations, have a key part to play on the road to Glasgow and in helping us all build back greener."

The Daily Climate Show will air on Sky News at 6.30pm and 9.30pm Monday to Friday from Wednesday 7 April.

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