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NGC series wins 2004 Panda award

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MUMBAI: National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth, a four-part series will premiere on PBS, Wednesday 20 April 20 and 27 April 2005 from 9 pm - 11 pm. The series is honored by the Wildscreen 2004 film festival, winning a Panda Award for Best Series.



The second hour of the series, The One Degree Factor, has also won the Natural History Museum One Planet Award for its look at global warming. The series is a Sea Studios Foundation Production for Vulcan Productions, Inc. and National Geographic Television & Film; WGBH Boston presents the series on PBS, informs an official release.



Wildscreen, which takes place in Bristol, UK, every other year, is one of the worlds most prestigious and influential events for the wildlife and environmental film-making industry and the Panda awards are the wildlife and environmental equivalent of the Oscars, the release says.



Hosted by award winning actor, director, writer and dedicated environmental activist Edward Norton (Primal Fear, American History X, Italian Job), National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth is constructed as a high-tech detective story, with the fate of the planet at stake.



Around the globe, scientists are racing to solve a series of mysteries. Unsettling transformations are sweeping across the planet, and clue-by-clue, investigators around the world are assembling a new picture of Earth, discovering ways that seemingly disparate events are connected. Crumbling houses in New Orleans are linked to voracious creatures from southern China. Vanishing forests in Yellowstone are linked to the disappearance of wolves. An asthma epidemic in the Caribbean is linked to dust storms in Africa. Scientists suspect we have entered a time of global change swifter than any human being has ever witnessed. Where are we headed? What can we do to alter this course of events?



Each of the four one-hour episodes explores these questions. The series draws upon research being generated by a new discipline, Earth System Science (ESS), and aims to create an innovative type of environmental awareness. By revealing a cause and effect relationship between what we as humans do to the Earth and what that in turn does to our environment and ecosystems, the series creates a new sense of environmental urgency, adds the release.

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