Air quality, polluted oceans and energy production: these are just some of the environmental issues blighting our planet today. Who has the answers? What has been proven to work? CNN’s series ‘Eco Solutions’ will tell the stories of people around the world creating innovative solutions to preserve the planet. Hosted by CNN international correspondent and anchor, Isa Soares, the 15-minutes show will take viewers from the cities improving the air they breathe to the countries running on renewable energy.
A cadre of academics, corporations and others are taking on the Japanese plastic addiction, developing eco-friendly alternatives, improving current recycling technology, and more.
The next time you see a bee buzzing around, you might pause to think that around a third of the food we eat is thanks to their efficient and crucial act of pollination. Bees transfer pollen between plants to allow fertilization. Without bees, we'd be pretty stuck.
Ever heard the phrase you are what you eat? Well, if you're one of the world's committed carnivores, it could be said that your eating habits are a significant contributor to the pressing problem of global warming.
90 percent of global trade is shipped, generating a carbon footprint equivalent to Japan or Germany. It amounts to around three percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the International Maritime Organisation estimates that this could grow significantly.
Do you wear lipstick? Wash your hair with shampoo? Eat chocolate? If so, you are one of many people using palm oil. It's hidden among the ingredients of around half the products on our supermarket shelves. But it's often grown at great cost to the environment and local communities.
A whole country running on renewables is perhaps not as far away as we think – at least in terms of electricity production. In May 2016, Portugal ran for four and a half days using clean energy alone. Replacing finite fossil fuels and their carbon emissions is a long-held goal of global governments.
We visit the small city of Tezpur, which has moved heavy vehicles out of the centre, and replaced local coal-powered tea plantation industries with LPG. We also look at small projects underway in the large city of London to see how seemingly minor measures are also having some success in reducing harmful pollutants.