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   Date: 10/2/09 Bookmark and Share

PBS Journalist to Host Day of Climate Talks

The increasingly rapid loss of the world’s glaciers and the ramifications of this alarming climate development will be the topic of discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 6, when PBS journalist David Brancaccio visits Smith and hosts a local film screening.

On Thin Ice, a film about the melting of glaciers worldwide—illustrated by the disappearing Gangotri Glacier in the Himalyan mountains and those in Montana’s Glacier National Park—will be shown at the Academy of Music in downtown Northampton at 7 p.m. Brancaccio, the host and senior editor of PBS’s NOW, will lead an open discussion following the film with audience members and local panelists, including Thomas Litwin, director of the Clark Science Center at Smith; Raymond S. Bradley, a climate researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Catherine Ratte of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.Brancaccio narrates the film.

The event is free for Smith community members with an ID.

Brancaccio will also be on campus Oct. 6 for “PlanetWatch!” a conversation about journalism and environmental issues, at noon in the Campus Center Carroll Room. He will speak about journalistic coverage of environmental issues, such as global climate change, science policy and human rights. Lunch will be provided.

Seventy-five percent of the world’s fresh water is stored in glaciers, Brancaccio points out in On Thin Ice, but scientists predict that as a result of the globe’s increasing climate change, the world’s largest glaciers will completely melt by 2030. Along the way, dwindling food supplies, rising water levels and temperature changes will have drastic affects on life around the planet.

On Thin Ice is part of the PBS Planet Watch series, 10 features airing in 2010 and 2011 that explore strategies and solutions to the climate crisis.

Read about Smith’s environmental sustainability initiatives.

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