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For Immediate Release: October 10, 2007
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Global Warming Research Conducted in Northern California
Energy Commission PIER Project Tracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions


What: Scientists from National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Earth System Research Lab and the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will hold a news conference on Monday October 15 at 11:00 a.m. to unveil a new regional project measuring greenhouse gas emissions in Northern California.

Monitoring sensors placed on two television broadcast towers -- one in Sacramento, the other in San Francisco -- will track changes in the region's greenhouse gas emissions and capture the regional ebb and flow of the natural carbon cycle. The research is funded by a $700,000 award from the Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

When: Monday, October 15, 2007 - 11:00 AM

Where: Richland Tower, 1650 Levee Road, Walnut Grove, 95690

Why: Climate change is the most important environmental concern of this century. Greenhouse gas emissions are the largest contributor to global warming. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are the primary culprit in trapping gases in the atmosphere and causing the "greenhouse effect" and prompting global warming. By monitoring emissions, scientists can improve the accuracy of GHG inventories and verify how GHG reduction strategies are working.

Who: Arlyn Andrews, NOAA Earth System Research Lab Marc Fischer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tony Brunello, California Resources Agency, deputy secretary of climate change and energy.

Visuals: 2,000 foot television tower, atmospheric monitoring equipment, scientific arrays.

Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb (916) 654-4989.

Links: www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/sabl/2007/Apr/02-CALGEM.html

The Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program supports energy research, development and demonstration projects that will help improve the quality of life in California by bringing environmentally safe, affordable and reliable energy services and products to the marketplace. PIER annually awards up to $84 million to conduct public interest energy research by partnering with organizations including individuals, businesses, utilities, and public or private research institutions. PIER brings new energy services and products to the marketplace and creates statewide environmental and economic benefits.

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