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EARTH: The Operators' Manual

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This April, PBS debuted a new kind of program on climate change. "EARTH: The Operators' Manual" dispenses with politics, polemics or punditry. Instead, it presents an objective, accessible assessment of the Earth's problems and possibilities that will leave viewers informed, energized and optimistic.

Host Richard Alley -- a geologist, contributor to the United Nations panel on climate change and former oil company employee whom Andy Revkin of the New York Times once called "a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan" -- leads the audience on this engaging, one-hour special about climate change and sustainable energy. Alley's book of the same name, a companion to the program, is published by W.W. Norton & Company.

"EARTH: The Operators' Manual" ("ETOM" for short) is a rigorously researched, beautifully filmed and ultimately uplifting antidote to the widespread "doom and gloom" approach to climate change. The program opens with a thorough grounding in Earth's climate history and an overview of the current dilemmas, but its main thrust is an upbeat assessment of our many viable sustainable energy options.

This is the first of a three-part TV series, with national outreach via museums and science centers, and an extensive website (see: Check your local listings for broadcast information. The second part of the series, "Ten Ways to Power the Planet," will premiere in fall 2011 and the third part, "Energy Quest USA," will premiere in 2012 (dates to be announced). "ETOM" is supported by a major award from the National Science Foundation.



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