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July 20, 2011

The Weather Channel To Air Changing Planet Town Hall Focused On Clean Energy & Green Jobs

Town hall broadcast is the second in a 3-part series that brings together scientists, thought leaders and students for a discussion on the issues of climate science

The Weather Channel announced that it will air a "Changing Planet: Clean Energy, Green Jobs, and Global Competition" on Tuesday, July 26that 9 PM/ET. NBC News Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent Anne Thompson moderated the event, which was hosted by George Washington University. The town hall meeting is the second in a three-part series produced under a partnership between NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Discover magazine.

"Today's technology allows us to think about new energy options that impact the planet less and help the economy more," said Thompson. "It is critical that we have these important discussions about how clean energy and the economy can go hand in hand, in order to bring the best solutions to the spotlight."

This edition of "Changing Planet" brings together over 100 students and features four leading experts from the science and business communities: Chris Busch, Director of Policy and Program at Apollo Alliance; Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer of Green For All; Timothy Juliani, Director of Corporate Engagement at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change; and Ken Zweibel, Director at the GW Solar Institute.

Watch a special preview clip of the panelists at the "Changing Planet" town hall explain why the U.S. is lagging behind other countries on clean energy, and what can be done about it.

The program will re-air on The Weather Channel on Tuesday, July 26 at 11 PM/ET and Wednesday, July 27 at 3 AM/ET.  In addition, it will re-air on Saturday, July 30 at 9PM/ET and Sunday, July 31 at 12 AM/ET, 3 AM/ET and 6 PM/ET, and will be available for viewing online on nbclearn.com/climate and discovermagazine.com.  A special print adaptation of "Changing Planet" will appear in the September 2011 issue of Discover magazine, available on August 9.

The "Changing Planet" town hall series is intended to encourage student learning and to open a dialogue about climate change by gathering scientists, thought leaders, business people, and university students to discuss the facts of climate science, understand their implications, brainstorm solutions and even get involved in real research through citizen science projects on ScienceForCitizens.net.

The first "Changing Planet" town hall was hosted at Yale University in January of 2011 and was moderated by NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw. The final town hall will be held at Arizona State University in the fall of 2011.

The "Changing Planet" series is taped before a live audience at each university, produced by NBC Learn, and underwritten by NSF, in cooperation with Discover magazine.

In addition to the "Changing Planet" town halls, NBC Learn and NSF are working together to produce a series of 17 reports looking at the impact of climate change in various locations around the world. From Bermuda's tropical seas to the Arctic Ocean, each story follows scientists in the field who are studying the dramatic impacts of rising temperatures in the air, in the water, and on land. The series is narrated by Anne Thompson.

Designed for use in the classroom, each report is correlated to state standards and includes a lesson plan with activities created by the "Windows to the Universe" project team at the National Earth Science Teachers Association, led by Dr. Roberta Johnson. The videos are available on nbclearn.com/climate, nsf.gov, and Windows2Universe.org, and are available for widespread broadcast and digital distribution.

Titles released so far in the "Changing Planet" series include:

1.)        Fresh Water in the Arctic

2.)        Lake Temperatures

3.)        Withering Crops

4.)        Ocean Temperatures

5.)        Adaptation of Species

6.)        Melting Glaciers

7.)        Black Carbon

8.)        Ocean Acidification

9.)        Coral Reefs

10.)      Melting Permafrost

11.)      Rising Sea Levels

12.)      Infectious Diseases


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