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For immediate release
Monday, July 16, 2001

NPR: Laura Gross,
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World Media: Susan Shepherd
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Living on Earth Broadcasts Live From UN Summit on Climate Change

Washington, DC - NPR's Living on Earth, public radio's weekly radio program devoted to news and in-depth reporting on community and the environment, plans extensive coverage of the Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties held by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that takes place July 16 - 28, 2001, in Bonn, Germany. Living on Earth executive producer and host Steve Curwood along with a team of reporters, producers and engineers will cover the 12-day conference that is expected to draw more than 2,000 delegates from around the globe.

The primary goal of the conference is to discuss implementation of the terms of the Kyoto Accord on climate change. The conference will cover a wide range of issues related to climate change, including education, training and evaluating the impact of specific industries on global warming. Participants will also examine options to minimize the potentially adverse social, environmental and economic impact of the treaty on developing countries.

Curwood will host a one-hour special program that will be offered to public radio stations in both 60-minute and 30-minute versions for live or tape-delayed broadcast beginning Friday, July 20, 2001. The special program will be updated and re-fed to stations throughout the weekend. In addition to on-the-ground reports from the summit, several features are planned for this summit broadcast, including:

Germany's formula for success - how a modern industrial nation uses alternative energy such as wind-power to meet its energy needs and maintain a high standard of living while, at the same time, reducing CO2 emissions and phasing out reliance on nuclear power.

Bonn will be the first environmental summit since the Bush administration took office and the first global gathering of national delegations since President George W. Bush announced that the United States would not stand by the Kyoto treaty. Living on Earth will examine the Bonn proposals that the US delegation will discuss and how they will affect other nations. For local broadcast times for the summit special or the Living on Earth series, contact your local public radio station.

Living on Earth, [www.loe.org] celebrating its 10th year, is a broadcast service of the World Media Foundation, a Cambridge, Mass., non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and communication. Living on Earth's one-hour weekly program reaches nearly half a million listeners via 240 public radio stations across the country.

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