Greening of Planet Earth Continues:
The Promise for the 21st Century and Beyond
This half-hour sequel to The Greening of Planet Earth premiered in
November 1998 at over 60 locations across North America by satellite
downlink from Basin Electric Power Cooperatives annual membership
meeting in Bismarck, North Dakota.
The Greening of Planet Earth Continues examines the role that CO2
plays as one of nature's building blocks of life in the process of
photosynthesis and the evolution of earths biosphere. Fourteen
experts present evidence to show how current CO2 levels, which are
30 percent higher than in the pre-industrial era, have greatly enhanced
the growth of trees and other plants. Results from controlled studies
around the world show how a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere, which
is expected to occur over the next century, will increase crop yields
by 30 to 40 percent, double the water-use efficiency of most of earths
vegetation and could triple the productivity of forests.
Appearing in the video are: Dr. SALLIE LOUISE BALIUNAS, Senior Astrophysicist,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Dr. ROBERT C. BALLING,
JR., Director, Office of Climatology, Arizona State University; Dr.
JAMES ARTHUR BUNCE, Climate Stress Laboratory, Agriculture Research
Service, USDA; Dr. C. LEE CAMPBELL, Professor, Plant Pathology, North
Carolina State University; Dr. REINHART J.M. CEULEMANS, Research Director,
Professor of Biology, University of Antwerp, Belgium; Dr. ROBERT C.
DAVIS, Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences, University of
Virginia; Dr. PATRICK J. MICHAELS, Professor of Environmental Sciences,
University of Virginia; Dr. THOMAS GALE MOORE, Senior Fellow, Hoover
Institution, Stanford University; Dr. PARK S. NOBEL, Chair, Department
of Biology, UCLA; Dr. ROY W. SPENCER, Senior Scientist, Climate Studies,
NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center; Dr. ROBERT TESKEY, Professor,
Forest Biology, University of Georgia; Dr. GUSTAAF ANTON van den BERG,
Head, Glasshouse Climate & Technology Section, PBG, Naaldwijk,
The Netherlands; Dr. SYLVAN H. WITTWER, Director Emeritus, Agriculture
Experiment Station, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, Michigan State
University; and Dr. LEW ZISKA, Climate Stress Laboratory, Agriculture
Research Service, USDA.
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