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What Will It Take to Ensure the Paris Agreement Is Successful?

The world's first global agreement to fight climate change is in effect. But will we always have Paris?

Last month, the Paris agreement—the world's first global agreement to fight climate change—was signed and sealed. And as of Nov. 4, nearly a year after world leaders from 195 countries came together at the UN's COP 21 last December, it officially entered into force. Which means world leaders will now start talking about how to actually implement the agreement in practical terms.

With the world united around the Paris agreement, we've truly reached a turning point for our planet and we are ready to build on that momentum for the crucial work needed for it to be successful.

But here's the thing: Many people don't even know what the Paris agreement is—or that it offers enormous hope for solving the climate crisis! Will you help teach others about this historic development? Share this article to inform your social network that a sustainable future is in sight.

If you're ready to learn more about what's next for the Paris agreement—and how you can get involved—we hope you'll join us on Dec. 5­–6 for 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward. We'll take a look back at the historic events in Paris last year and ultimately answer the question—What will it take to ensure the Paris agreement is successful?

Hosted by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, The Road Forward will take viewers around the world to the top 24 CO2-emitting nations. We'll reveal their commitments and look at how climate change is impacting each nation. And finally, we'll uncover the potential for solutions and change.

Subscribe here to receive email updates about the live broadcast event, guests and musical performances. In the meantime, here's a look at what's in store for 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward.

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Judge Vince Chhabria has split Hardeman's trial into two phases. The first, decided Tuesday, focused exclusively on whether or not Roundup use caused the plaintiff's cancer. The second, to begin Wednesday, will assess if Bayer is liable for damages.

"We are disappointed with the jury's initial decision, but we continue to believe firmly that the science confirms glyphosate-based herbicides do not cause cancer," Bayer spokesman Dan Childs said in a statement reported by The Guardian. "We are confident the evidence in phase two will show that Monsanto's conduct has been appropriate and the company should not be liable for Mr. Hardeman's cancer."

Some legal experts said that Chhabria's decision to split the trial was beneficial to Bayer, Reuters reported. The company had complained that the jury in Johnson's case had been distracted by the lawyers' claims that Monsanto had sought to mislead scientists and the public about Roundup's safety.

However, a remark made by Chhabria during the trial and reported by The Guardian was blatantly critical of the company.

"Although the evidence that Roundup causes cancer is quite equivocal, there is strong evidence from which a jury could conclude that Monsanto does not particularly care whether its product is in fact giving people cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about the issue," he said.

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