Project Earth

Project Earth

In this series, CGTN America explores environmental issues that impact our daily lives and ways humans can lead a sustainable lifestyle.

Project Earth
  • "Green" cardboard coffins

    A box factory in Sri Lanka is making cardboard coffins to help poor families bury loved ones during the latest COVID-19 surge in the country.

  • Dying fishes

    Over 20 tons of dead fish washed up on the shores of one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons, located in Spain. Environmentalists say it’s pollution, while the regional government blamed the deaths on recent high temperatures.

  • California's Mendocino

    Much of the U.S. West Coast is suffering historic levels of drought.

    That’s leaving some cities and towns struggling to supply enough water for their homes and businesses.

    CGTN's Mark Niu traveled to Mendocino, California to see the devastating effects.

  • Saving california's grapes

    A year after the devastating effects of Napa Valley’s Glass Fire, the damage is still highly visible. Winegrowers in the region are taking actions to protect themselves against deadly wildfires, as the fire season comes earlier this year. Many of them also face another threat, insurance companies...

  • Drought affecting bee colony

    Bees are facing a population crisis.

    Every year beekeepers from midwestern states of the U.S. take their colonies to California to pollinate crops, but this year there may not be enough strong colonies to make the trip.

    See why, and what it could mean.

  • Farm is the new lab

    The outside looks like a cargo container. The inside looks like a spaceship.
    Either way, it’s not an ideal farming spot. But it’s where scientists are growing 40 million vegetables on cloth.

    They’re using technology known as vertical farming.

    It requires less energy and significantly less la...

  • How to reduce E-waste?

    E-waste is quickly becoming a more devastating problem for the environment around the world.

    The Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 report, a collaborative effort between environmental data research and the UN Environment Program, found that the world dumped 53.6 million tons of e-waste in 2019. Only 1...

  • Wild dry west

    Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. created by the Hoover Dam in Nevada, has sunk to its lowest levels ever, as extreme heat and drought scorch the western U.S.

    The drought has gripped much of the West, including the Pacific Northwest down to the southwestern states of Arizona and New M...

  • Your climate diet

    Cutting back on what you eat can cut back your carbon footprint.

    How the food we choose and the places we buy it from have a major impact on the environment and climate and how average people can improve their diets to make it more friendly to the planet.

  • Sea snots: Thick, gooey & gross

    Thick, slimy, organic matter is covering Turkey's Sea of Marmara, possibly choking the local marine life.

    The government has vowed to take action, but what caused it?

  • Changing your laundry habits

    Laundry can spill plastics into the ocean and rivers. How does it happen? With each load of laundry in a washing machine, millions of microfibers come off our clothes.

    They are tiny strands of plastics, almost invisible to the naked eye. They mainly come from synthetic fabrics like polyester, f...

  • Fighting climate change through policies

    Experts and analysts in financial policy and regulations are trying to find what they can do in the fight against climate change and the threat of global warming.

    CGTN’s Gabriel Yue Yin spoke with Tobias Adrian, Director of the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department, about what organizat...

  • How important are offshore wind farms?

    The Biden administration recently approved construction on the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. heralding a new cleaner era.

    He’s also promised a boom in green jobs, but it will take years before those jobs are created in the U.S. and other groups are concerned about the impact ...

  • What happens to plastics in oceans?

    More than 78 metric tons of tiny plastic pellets spilled from a sinking cargo ship off the coast of Sri Lanka last week. This week, the 'nurdles' as they're called - pellets about the size of a grain of rice used to make other plastic items - are covering the beach of Sri Lanka. Waves of plasti...

  • PPE kits and pollution

    PPE waste risks adding to the amount of microplastic fibers going into the environment. It is estimated that between 15 to 51 trillion particles of microplastic have been floating across the world's ocean since 2014. Scientists don't know the impact of microplastics but know the waste is being in...

  • Sheep landscaping

    How can science and design help create multifunctional green spaces that maximize cultural and environmental values?

    At the University of California, Davis, researchers believe they've got the answer – Sheep.

  • How to build a sustainable house

    These blocks may look like giant Legos, but they just may revolutionize the construction industry.

    “Polyblocks,” designed by German start-up Polycarp are made from 90% desert sand and offer an economical and sustainable way to build homes.

  • Will ecocide become punishable?

    Activists and world leaders are advocating for making ecocide a crime in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
    Ecocide is the widespread destruction of the environment and considered a threat to humanity.

    Ecocide advocates want to make this action a crime before the ICC for it to becom...

  • Brazil's recycling park

    Brazil only recycles about 1% of its garbage. Most of that recycling is done by waste pickers. A cooperative created the city's first recycling park, to help the jobless amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Can goats help prevent wildfires?

    As temperatures rise on the U.S. west coast during a record-breaking heatwave, the risk of fires is also rising.

    So a herd of goats is stepping in to help clear dry vegetation, while their poop fertilizes the land for the future.

  • Are biodegradable masks a solution?

    Face masks have become a part of life. But many people aren’t disposing of them responsibly. Facemasks are being littered in the streets, oceans, and clogging landfills. The Spanish company Bioinicia is working to find a solution.

  • World's most polluted river clean-up

    Manila's Pasig river is overflowing with garbage. But a group of volunteers is trying to clean it up. Called the 'river warriors' these volunteers have been working for a decade.

    Even though the trash keeps coming, and bags and bags of trash are hauled away, the group says the river can still be...

  • Archipelago: Saving Brazil's marine life

    Brazil is considered to be the most biologically diverse country in the world, and while the COVID-19 outbreak continues to hit the country hard, Rio de Janeiro has something to celebrate.

    A small archipelago on the city’s coast has been declared a “Hope Spot” by the international conservation ...

  • Plastic in rivers

    Conservation groups are holding various events around the world to remind people of how vital it is to take care of our oceans.

    One new initiative has pulled together resources to focus on a key source – rivers.