Celebrate Earth Day on PBS and PBS.ORG

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In honor of Earth Day 2005, PBS science, natural history, and public affairs series present the latest information on sustaining our global environment Â? from rainforests to the suburbs, bringing ideas for conservation and calls to action Â?down to earth.Â? Look for these programs on your local PBS station, and related information on pbs.org.

In celebration of Earth Day 2005 (Friday, April 22), PBS science, natural history and public affairs series will present, throughout the month of April, programs and special segments that bring special awareness to sustaining our global environment emphasizing ecological successes, challenges and concerns. Each program is enhanced by a companion Web site on PBS.org.

PBS science and natural history programming and online content bring viewers the most innovative, cutting-edge discoveries taking place on and around planet earth today. New breakthroughs in scientific research affect our lives in extraordinary ways. In helping to make sense of this knowledge and its relevance to our everyday lives, while introducing audiences to pioneering science researchers and explorers, PBS sets an unmatched standard for high-quality science programs and online content that informs, enlightens and entertains.

Programs and sites appearing throughout April, with content focusing on the environment, include:

Journey to Planet Earth

Mondays, April 11 and 18 from 10 to 11 pm ET on PBS

Host Matt Damon takes viewers on an exploration of the fragile relationship between people and the world we inhabit as efforts are made to achieve a balance between our needs and the needs of the environment. Online, an interactive map leads users to experience stories of hope about ecosystems in danger.

Nature “Deep Jungle”

Sundays, April 17, 24 and May 1 from 8 to 9 pm ET on PBS

Exploring a world that Tarzan never could have imagined, this three-hour miniseries penetrates the mysteries of the world's rainforests. Go online to discover more unique species that thrive within the jungle.

NOVA scienceNow

April 19 from 8 to 9 pm ET on PBS

Host Robert Krulwich introduces viewers to a species of frog that has solved the problem of cryogenics: freezing solid in the winter, then thawing back to life in the spring. Are humans next? Go online to learn what really happens to frogs during the winter freeze and spring thaw.

Alan Alda IN Scientific American Frontiers

“Hot Planet – Cold Comfort”

Wednesday, April 20 from 8:30 to 9 pm ET on PBS

This encore presentation examines how warming of Arctic glaciers could potentially threaten the great Atlantic Conveyor and the Gulf Stream. Take an interactive journey through great moments in the global climate change. Witness the impact of the Great Ice Age and the mass production of automobiles.

National Geographic's Strange Dyas on Planet Earth

Wednesdays, April 20 and 27, 2005 from 9 to 11 pm ET on PBS

Hosted by Edward Norton, the series draws upon research being generated by a new discipline, Earth System Science (ESS). Online, witness the surprising ways your everyday experiences connect you to events around the globe.


Friday, April 22 from 9 to 9:30 pm ET on PBS (Earth Day)

Industrial pollution often hits poor and working-class families the hardest. Host David Brancacccio takes an inside look at the politics of pollution in America. Go online to meet a group of inner- city kids dedicated to cleaning up their DC neighborhood.

About PBS

PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise that serves the nation's 348 public noncommercial television stations, reaching nearly 90 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is the leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of educational services for adult learners. PBS' premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (pbskids.org), continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet, averaging more than 30 million unique visits and 380 million page views per month in 2004. PBS is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Kevin Dando, PBS



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