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Front Lines of the Environment

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling, National Geographic host and correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show, discuss their new CNN documentary Planet in Peril: Battle Lines which examines the growing environmental conflict between an expanding population and limited natural resources.

Guests:

Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling

Comments [9]

robert from park slope

It is true that Caroline Kennedy has little going for her aside from her name, and that is the point. All "qualified" candidates are sullied by their experience in a politics-as-usual realm.

Dec. 10 2008 11:31 AM
ericka hamburg from staten island

thanks for highlighting CNN's attention to these issues. New Yorkers enjoy insulation from the natural world; witness the contined appearance of fur coats, the resistance to recycling, and the ease of finding shark fin soup in many Chinese restaurants, among many many other issues.

whatever media highlights these issues should be supported, commercial or non.

Dec. 10 2008 11:17 AM
Josh Karan from Washington Heights

Yipes.
I recently discovered shark steaks for sale at my local fish market.

Had never seen it before.

It was the least expensive type of fish being sold at
$ 4.50 per pound, as compared to $ 9.00 for salmon & more for other fish.
It was also delicious.

I am now contributing to the extinction of another species or is the steak meat a sustainable practice compared to just seeking the fins?

Dec. 10 2008 11:17 AM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

So much destruction of other species by human beings in order to feed their egos and/or their libidos. How pathetic and vicious can one animal be? Superior species? Yeah, right...!

Dec. 10 2008 11:13 AM
Andrea from Manhattan

Thanks so much for doing this segment. It is so sad what is happening to our oceans. I'm trying to be open minded but I'm also starting to hate China!

Dec. 10 2008 11:13 AM
Gary from UWS

Brian,

Please ask Anderson if he's seen the 2005 movie "Grizzly Man". If so, we knows what happened in the end when humans attempt to "understand" nature's predators.

Dec. 10 2008 11:11 AM
aulaire from valley cottage, NY

Last night I watched in horror a documentary on the Equator Channel about the giant biomass of echizen jellyfish washing from the Yangtze River across the Yellow Sea to the coasts of Japan. Japanese fishermen hauled in nets filled with tons of these jellyfish and very few fish. To make a long story short, the temperature of the Yellow Sea has risen 3.5 degrees F in the last forty years, making the echizens very happy. The high definition images made the horror sink in in a way reading or hearing about global warming never did. I suddenly realized that global warming spawns a million regional catastrophes and as many terrible challenges. How can we dash around plugging the leaks in the dikes as the warming progresses?

Dec. 10 2008 11:09 AM
Samuel from NYC

Could you ask Lisa Ling if she feels the legalization of hemp in this country could help in the efforts to combat global warming?
Last night there was a great documentary on NGC about marijuana. Kudos to Lisa!

Dec. 10 2008 09:49 AM
Robert from NYC

Not quite sure why WNYC has to go to CNN for these stories! If we want to hear and see them we can go to CNN. Seems you are all becoming one big media without any distinction not approaching the same stories from different perspectives. So why send money to you, WNYC when I can watch it on CNN and enjoy all the commercials as well. Are you considering joining Time Warner too?

Dec. 10 2008 08:35 AM

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