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November 21, 2008

A little good news, for a change

Posted: 10:10 AM ET

Forget about your 401 (k).  Forget about that little Dow Jones number in the corner of the TV screen that almost always has a minus sign in front of it.  Forget about the sudden media interest in the Great Depression and Herbert Hoover's presidency.   We've got an hour's worth of good news for you.solutions_v1

For the past year, CNN's Miles O'Brien has searched high and low for Solutions: ideas, inventions, and people that have stemmed environmental impact and in most cases, saved a little money to boot.

"Green Warriors:  The Fight for Solutions" airs on CNN/US at 6 p.m. ET Saturday Nov. 22, and again at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, the 23rd.   CNN's international audience can catch the show at 10 p.m. ET Saturday.

We visited a guy in El Paso whose growing business is, well, growing pond scum.  The algae can be converted into diesel fuel.  Another segment profiles a wildlife officer who pretty much singlehandedly restored the bald eagle population in New York State.  In other segments, you'll see old tires turned into new products, soda bottles turned into carpet, and as a result, garbage turned into money.

The "Solutions" series has its own page on CNN.com here.   Enjoy.

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Jesus   November 21st, 2008 12:56 pm ET

Aliens created us, in their image.


David   November 22nd, 2008 7:24 pm ET

I was watching CNN’s Green Warriors today at about 6:15 or 6:20pm and they were talking about a new type of solar panel that was lightweight or didn’t need to be weighed down because of it’s design. I have tried finding an article to back up what I saw because I didn’t see the beginning of the story and I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Does anyone know what this was about? Or if this show will be on again? I would really like to know about this new type of solar so I can share it with some people who would find it interesting. Thank you.

Thanks David. It airs again at 2pm ET Today (Sunday), and there's more info on the segments at cnn.com/solutions.


Bill Burgoon   November 22nd, 2008 7:24 pm ET

Just a note to let you know that we just finished Miles report on the Green Warriors. It was an excellent report, one that game all of us a true insight into the work that can be done, and is being done. It is a subject that needs to be followed closely, and look forward to any future reports that Miles might present on the subjecvt. Thank You ....... Bill Burgoon, New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada.


joanelle mulrain   November 22nd, 2008 7:29 pm ET

what is the name of farm in massachusetts re: unique and endangered animals? thanks

Berlin Farm, Berlin, Massachusetts. Thanks for watching!


Green Innovation   November 22nd, 2008 8:07 pm ET

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Michele Newlands Rowe   November 23rd, 2008 3:10 pm ET

Sorry, not related to space potties, but did anyone catch the story of the woman and the computer pgrm that you can use to stop catalogs from arriving. I constantly cut out the address portion and send it back to the company telling tohem to take me off their list, and that will work after about 60 days, but it gets a little expensive. If they'll just advertise their web sites we can shop without wasting all that paper, and my stamps!
Thanks
-Michele
ok, can't stop myself, are any of the astronauts "European"


Michele Newlands Rowe   November 23rd, 2008 3:19 pm ET

Dear Moderator.
So often I am busy away from my computer and by the time I try to contact a blog or better yet, get a comment or question to someone on screen, I hit the end of the show, or the blog closes, or whatever. I am finally able to Twit with Rick Sanchez after weeks of learning, but I am never able to get to Jack Cafferty or Lou Dobbs in time. Am I the only one who has this problem?
There I am, directly above this comment

November 23rd, 2008 3:10 pm ET
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David   November 23rd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

curious*


wes eaton   November 23rd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Sorry but I neglected to state that the problem was the oceaqns ability to absorb only so much carbon dioxide before ph problem occurs.


Jacqueline R. Smith   November 23rd, 2008 11:19 pm ET

Miles,

I work for a local natural food store that has been working towards zero trash as well as providing avenues for recycling to our community beyond the services provided by our local waste company. In the last month or so, the market for our 'raw' recyclables has completely collapsed. We have no one willing to purchase our plastic recyclables. Previously, we have been recycling soft plastics (bags, bubble wrap, mylar balloons) and hard plastics not accepted by our local waste company. The market for these goods has disappeared nation-wide due to the economic slow down. Due to lower levels of sales, factories are slowing down or stopping production as they already have as much inventory of finished goods as they can store. If the factories aren't producing, they aren't buying the raw materials required for their products. Because the factories aren't buying raw materials, the folks who normally process recylable materials back into something factories can buy for production, those folks can no longer purchase recycled materials. If consumers do not have options for recycling, these re-usable goods will end up in the land fill.

I realize this situation is a by-product of the collapse of our consumer economy as so many people have severely curbed their consumerist ways. While I applaud the reduced consumerism, I'm distressed that we have to actually increase the amount of garbage we are sending to the landfill because of our current economic condition.

I'm posting to your blog in hopes that perhaps this story could be carried by CNN to see if something can be done to prevent the increased volume to the waste stream.

Clearly, avoiding packaging will become more important in the current situation, but it is hard to get consumers used to purchasing produce and bulk without now unrecyclable plastic bags. But our store is working to bring about new habits, and we have hope that the changed habits will take root and grow.

Best Regards,

Jacqueline R. Smith


Franko   November 24th, 2008 12:49 am ET

You have to pay for your entertainment
Movie, 6 pak, or greenie actuality.

Solat cells are free in dreams, but bakrupt the reality.
NF3 from solar cell production, just another dud of a greenie gas.

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Dilbert
"To Franko:
Where in the article does it say the solution is more expensive?
It doesn’t even mention anything about costs"

I tried out the fantasy of solar cell cost effectiveness.
$200 for 25 watts peak, then a cloud blocks

400 peak hours generate a dollar ($0.10/kwh)
80,000 hours, without interest, to pay $200 back

However, if the NF3 SuperGreenieGas worked as advertised
I could have pleasant, tropical, not Ice Age, future fantasies


marie l   November 24th, 2008 11:57 pm ET

Save the Tesla (teslamotors.com)!

I'm trying to raise awareness of this beautiful, American-made, remarkable all-electric car that can go 125 mph and is already in production! It just needs an assembly line (hint: who do we know that has an assembly line and is in desperate need of a good selling car) so it can meet the demand!

Time magazine voted the Tesla the 2nd best invention of 2008:
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1852747_1854195_1854114,00.html

I would love to see AC360 or Larry King do a show on the Tesla!


Franko   November 30th, 2008 3:52 am ET

Shawn
"Franko, you can’t be serious."

More than serious, I actually put my money on my energy supply
Small TV worked in bright sunlight. Charged cellphone and shaver
After a day, even started a car, which had a dead battery.

Toaster, run a dryer, bake a ToFoo Burger ?
Solar = Stupid - with lots of exclamation marks -
Perhaps with lots of Toxic Fraud Corruption Government Funds
Solar can be artificialled, imaginary numbered, below Coal cost

As for the NF3, from solar cell, flat monitor, prodoction,
Another Toxic Fantasy, not warming the reality


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