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December 6th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Actor Mark Ruffalo on fighting fracking

Fracking – it sounds like a dirty word.  And in the opinion of many environmentalists, it is. Fracking is procedure that pumps millions of gallons of water and chemicals into underground shale in order to extract natural gas.

Today on American Morning, Alina Cho sits down with actor Mark Ruffalo to find out why he's so concerned about what fracking is doing to the environment.

Filed under: Environment
November 8th, 2011
03:34 PM ET

Erin Brockovich talks environmental issues, new novel

Erin Brockovich's 1992 legal fight against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a company that poisoned the water supply in Hinckley, California, was brought to the world's attention through the film that tells her story and shares her name.

Since then, Brockovich has continued to campaign for the environment, and she now owns her own consulting firm. Brockovich has recently written a fictional thrilled about nuclear energy entitled "Hot Water."

Carol Costello sits down with Brockovich on American Morning today to discuss the environmental issues that the world is facing today and to weigh in on how well politicians are tackling the problems.

Filed under: Environment
October 21st, 2011
10:51 AM ET

World population set to hit seven billion

The world is about to reach an important milestone – by the end of this month, the global population is expected to hit seven billion.  However, the burgeoning global population puts a great deal of pressure on the planet.

In the years ahead, countries around the world could face some serious challenges in terms of food, energy consumption, and the environment.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans sits down with economist Jeffrey Sachs, author of The Price of Civilization, to explain what countries are most at risk and to discuss his biggest concerns about the growing population.

Filed under: Energy • Environment
September 23rd, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Bo Derek to lobby for rain forest conservation at the U.N.

It's opening week at the United Nations and actress Bo Derek is in New York for the UN General Assembly gathering to ask for international efforts to support a program led by Ecuador and the United Nations Development Programme to save Yasuni National Park, under which nearly one billion barrels of oil lie.

Derek hopes to raise $100 million dollars for the conservation effort by the end of year. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and President of Ecuador Rafael Correa will be co-hosting an event in support of Yasuni this evening at the UN, where a number of fund raising agreements are expected to be signed.

Today on American Morning, Derek explains the effort to Alina Cho and weighs in on whether or not she thinks that she will be able to convince world leaders to sign on to the cause.

Filed under: Conservation • Environment
July 21st, 2011
10:08 AM ET

Just eat it: Dealing with fish species who threaten the U.S. ecosystem by eating them

Two species of fish, the lion fish and the Asian carp, have invaded U.S. waters and are causing a great deal of environmental damage.

The Asian carp is threatening the ecosystems of rivers and lakes across the nation, while the lion fish is threatening to destroy reefs and decimate native fish populations in the southeast.

In an attempt to address these problems, Food and Water Watch, an organization that promotes safe, accessible and sustainable food, water and fish, has paired up with the James Beard Foundation to increase the culinary demand for the species by devising recipes using the fish.

Today on American Morning, Kerry Heffernan, Executive Chef at South Gate Restaurant in NYC, is cooking on set to show our viewers how to best prepare the fish. He is joined by Wenonah Hauter, the executive director for Food and Water Watch, who will be discussing the prevalence of invasive fish and explaining what the environmental consequences will be if the species continue to spread.

Filed under: Environment • Food
June 8th, 2011
08:15 AM ET

Wild weather: What's behind the recent tornadoes, floods, record heat

When it comes to the weather this year, the U.S. can't seem to catch a break.

With historic flooding, a record number of tornadoes, raging wildfires in Arizona and record heat across the country, could all these weather elements be related?

Jack Hayes, the director of the NOAA National Weather Service, talks with American Morning's Kiran Chetry to explain why the U.S. is experiencing intense weather and whether it's part of a bigger trend.

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Filed under: Environment • Weather
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