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EERC Releases Third Major Carbon Sequestration Documentary: Program to Air on Prairie Public Broadcasting Friday, September 26, 2008
September 24, 2008

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota has released the third of five planned documentaries focused on carbon sequestration and global climate change. Out of the Air - Into the Soil: Land Practices That Reduce Atmospheric Carbon Levels will premiere regionwide on Friday, September 26, 2008, at 8:30 p.m. (CDT) on Prairie Public Broadcasting (check your local listings).

The 30-minute documentary was produced for a general audience by the award-winning team at Prairie Public Broadcasting in Fargo, North Dakota, in collaboration with the EERC's Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership. The program provides an introduction to the role of vegetation and managed landscapes in reducing the threat of global climate change.

Out of the Air - Into the Soil provides examples from North and South America, where effective landscape management is helping plants to absorb carbon from the atmosphere as a first step toward reducing our carbon footprint. The show includes footage and interviews from Brazil, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, North Dakota, and other locations.

"Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas and is the major component of our carbon footprint, said Ed Steadman, EERC Senior Research Advisor and PCOR Partnership Project Manager. "Terrestrial CO2 sequestration is a way of reducing our carbon footprint by using the natural ability of plants to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store the carbon in roots, stems/trunks, leaves, and the soil."

The PCOR Partnership-Prairie Public Broadcasting team has already released two other documentaries. The first, called Nature in the Balance: CO2 Sequestration, was released in May 2005. The program introduced audiences to the capture and long-term storage (sequestration) of CO2 in North America. It also described the role of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL's) Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs) in assessing opportunities for reducing CO2 emissions to reduce the risk of global warming.

The second, entitled Reducing Our Carbon Footprint: The Role of Markets, was released in April 2008 and provided an introduction to carbon management and the role of carbon markets in helping to finance projects that will lead to a low-carbon world. Both documentaries are available on the PCOR Partnership Web site. DVDs are also available by contacting the EERC at (701) 777-5229.

The PCOR Partnership is one of seven regional partnerships under DOE NETL's RCSP Program. Since its inception in 2003, the PCOR Partnership has brought together more than 85 public and private sector partners in all or parts of nine states and four Canadian provinces in the heartland of North America. For more information, visit

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Derek Walters
EERC Communications Manager
(701) 777-5113