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? Starting on July 23, each month CNN’s new TV and digital 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.

“CNN’s ‘Eco Solutions’ reaffirms our on-going commitment to shining a light on the environmental issues impacting the planet,” said Ellana Lee, Senior Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN International. “We will not only be providing our global audiences a unique insight into environmental challenges, but also highlight the innovative solutions being developed by communities and advocates working to preserve the ecology.” 

In the first episode, ‘Eco Solutions’ examines innovations in combatting air pollution in Tezpur, a small city in the Indian state of Assam. Air pollution has been called a silent killer, with the World Health Organisation estimating that it is responsible for up to 7 million premature deaths every year. According to recent findings presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, conditions caused by air pollution killed 1.4 million people in India in 2013. As the shift of people from rural to urban areas inevitably continues, keeping our cities’ air clean is one of our biggest challenges. India has some of the most polluted cities in the world, yet in the tea region of Assam measured improvement is taking place. ‘Eco Solutions’ visits the small city of Tezpur, which has moved heavy vehicles out of the centre, and replaced local coal-powered tea plantation industries with LPG. ‘Eco Solutions’ also looks 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.

Airtimes: Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei
Saturday July 23 at 1830 HKT
Sunday July 24 at 1330 HKT
Wednesday July 27 at 1730 HKT
Saturday July 30 at 1330 HKT
Sunday, July 31 at 2030 HKT
Sunday, August 7 at 0815 HKT
Monday, August 8 at 0915 HKT
Sunday, August 14 at 0815 HKT
Monday, August 15 at 0915 HKT

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