SciTechBlog   « Back to Blog Main
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 here.   Enjoy.

Filed under: environment

Share this on:
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

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

The graduate students of the Management of Innovation course at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have published an insightful, timely, and free book on Green Innovation, which I am sure you will enjoy reading! Please click on the link below to download your free copy.

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!
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
Your comment is awaiting moderation

David   November 23rd, 2008 9:16 pm ET


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


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.


"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 (!

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:,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

"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

Litherland   September 7th, 2012 2:40 pm ET

Mil gracias x subir los promo only k la vedard estan super, solamente kisiera comentar y recordar k el link 9 del urban video de sep no a sido arreglado,solo espero k lo reparen para poder descomprimirlo. gracias.

internet   February 28th, 2013 6:24 am ET

Hi, yes brother there are certainly many blogging websites, but I advise you to use Google's free of charge blogging services. internet

DonnieColo   December 12th, 2015 4:03 pm ET

airline airplane models emirates virtual airlines flight simulator x flight information auckland airport arrival uf airport shuttle airport gvt zgc airport airfare nagpur to mumbai airport phone number kq flights to kisumu qantas flights la to melbourne cheap tickets all inclusive
airline umc airport ywk flights oxford to glasgow cheap airline tickets american express cheap flights nj to vegas eponymous airports delta airlines unlimited flight pass qantas flights ex perth to sydney airport rennes airlines who fly pets airports twitter cheap zsl tickets lloyd airlines cheap airline tickets reno nevada search airfare tickets
flights from hft to tos flights to amsterdam airlines awarded 5 star by skytrax cheap tickets australia new zealand best flight search engines for cheap flights knott's soak city discount tickets flights london to barcelona flights athens american airlines flight 191 black box asiana airlines hl7604 cheap flights mke cheapest flights gran canaria
jc airline tulo return date turkish airlines vk flight information for southwest airlines airfares to uk xl airlines france reviews buy tickets online national express flight search peru cheap qpr tickets airline smoking policy airport block incoming ipv6 connections airport user guide
change return flight date jetblue rubio return date cheap airline tickets cyber monday cheap tickets london to new york united airlines tickets to hawaii change flight date copa airlines cheap flights ndola to johannesburg cheap airline tickets gambia qantas flights singapore to australia hotel booking online in ooty airlines tp airfares lax to las vegas

Avtocoinburo   January 19th, 2016 2:21 pm ET

Оперативный обмен Qiwi на Яндекс Деньги, Perfect Money, карты Альфа банк, Авангард, Сбербанк. Безопасность обмена титульных знаков обеспечивается установленным ssl сертификатом, гарантируя защиту персональных данных. Стремясь к доверию, создаем выгодные направления обмена электронных валют

PatrickMync   April 25th, 2016 3:31 pm ET

airlines serving zvartnots lufthansa air ticket confirmation emirates inflight shopping airfares ny to chicago oema airport cheap tickets fees airlines rfid cheap tickets to gsp delta airlines flight duration american airlines flight classes cheap hotel online booking malaysia
airports dvds amc flights jblm flights dxb to mumbai cheap flights johannesburg to cape town flights api rrc airport rockhampton discount tickets drusillas cheap airline tickets abu dhabi manila airfare hrvatski ipad flight information buy tickets online eiffel tower cheap flights flight centre cheap air tickets melbourne sichuan airline cheap flights scotland to tenerife
the cheapest airline tickets southwest airlines flight benefits fly discount shoes cheap air tickets availability southwest airlines flight attendant phone interview kbr airline american airlines flight arrivals iah book online alexandra hotel lyme regis online hotel booking in bhuj airline usa tv series airport naples fl american airlines tickets haiti
return date as string excel delta airlines international flights customer service cheap airfares rsa cheap air tickets from zurich to prague discount tickets events san francisco cheapest flights zurich to amsterdam airport gjt hrs hotel reservation service review cheap hs1 tickets airports served by southwest airlines american airlines flights from nyc to lax cheapest airline tickets in india

PatrickMync   April 27th, 2016 5:31 am ET

cheap airline tickets vegas nv flights guayaquil to quito american airlines ddos airlines australia search flight plans airline fbi background check ltur flights bhutan airfare from kolkata search flight lax bpt airlines airline workers
flight information publication gp delta airlines cincinnati flights jkia airport fire airport gva departures flight information europe southwest airlines my flight airlines vision airport ssid emirates airlines flight schedule manila to dubai delta airline ticket gift certificate search flights to europe airports jackson hole cheap gsw tickets discount airfare college students airfare watcher app
united airlines ticket class h airport vvo flights comparison airports map flights to hgh zytx airport delta airlines missed flight lufthansa flights vegetarian ones cheap airline tickets salt lake city action airlines xq hotel reservation service rancaekek flights nyc to new orleans
lufthansa cheap flights to accra cheap tickets egypt egypt air airfare cmh to las book cheap flights last minute cheap airline tickets nyc ticketmaster discounts airport nyc news airline pnr status go air when are airfares the lowest flight search from multiple airports airfare for death in family airline iq

PatrickMync   May 4th, 2016 3:40 pm ET

american airlines flight simulator center emirates airlines ticket details cheap airline tickets little rock ar discount tickets wicked nyc er return date flights to ybr airfare plus hotel las vegas united airlines mfe airline beverage cart ltc airfare air india airport not configured
cheap air ticket vienna online hotel booking valparai airport cme nepal airlines cheap airline tickets cambodia airport information skills hlf airline cheap airline tickets montego bay jamaica iu airport shuttle schedule cheap air tickets from edmonton to india flights bwi tfr airline airline mogul wiki cheap air tickets to dca cheap flights dhaka to kathmandu
cheap pvr tickets in delhi flights miami airport svmi hummingbird return date airports using mobile boarding pass airline zp tax airfare hnl to lih airline cpa airports french alps airport city cheats dbs airline promotion flights of fancy
cheap tickets nfr cheap tickets wiki wien airport buy tickets online skyfall pqi airport code flight xr16 alaska airlines gate information airport kk sabah airfare orlando to chicago eos airline seat cheap airline tickets to texas el paso cheapest tickets orlando universal

AXRumerTest   July 6th, 2017 1:47 am ET

Как противостать дьяволу. Практическое руководство.
Тайная Вечеря. Тайна Тайной Вечери: Что ты не знаешь о Вечере.

YsmatthewsdPRASSURPINO   May 16th, 2019 3:46 pm ET

Проект стартовал недавно, скидки
заказ такси подробности по ссылке ...

Duosquest   June 5th, 2019 5:58 pm ET

kristen dating site how many dating websites are there

Leave Your Comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

subscribe RSS Icon
About this blog

Are you a gadgethead? Do you spend hours a day online? Or are you just curious about how technology impacts your life? In this digital age, it's increasingly important to be fluent, or at least familiar, with the big tech trends. From gadgets to Google, smartphones to social media, this blog will help keep you informed.

subscribe RSS Icon
Powered by VIP