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2009 News in Brief



The greening of Earth: Children’s book illuminates photosynthesis

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Using green and blue and yellow, too, an MIT scientist and a Caldecott Award-winning author/illustrator have teamed up to produce a lavishly illustrated children’s book that explains how the sun kindles life on Earth through photosynthesis. Most people crave sunlight, especially during the cold winter months, but too few understand that the sun does much more than keep us warm. After reading “Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life” (Scholastic 2009), the next generation may grow up with a better understanding of how the sun’s energy sparks green plants’ ability to photosynthesize, which makes it possible for humans to exist on planet Earth. Read more.