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Green Solutions in Focus

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  • CNN photojournalists look at solutions to address issues affecting the planet
  • Issues range from saving Chesapeake Bay to addressing the Western water crisis
  • "Green Solutions in Focus" is the sixth installment in the multi-platform series
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(CNN) -- In observation of Earth Day, CNN photojournalists look at solutions to address the issues affecting the planet. From saving the Chesapeake Bay to addressing the Los Angeles water crisis, people are trying to make a difference before it's too late. "Green Solutions in Focus" is the sixth installment in the multi-platform, award-winning "In Focus" series.

Green Solutions In Focus
CNN photojournalists across the country tell the stories of unique ways people are helping the environment in their neighborhood and beyond in this "In Focus" special hosted by CNN's Tom Foreman.
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'Waterman's' weapon against pollution: Oysters
Tommy Leggett prepares his boat for what looks like a day of fishing out in Chesapeake Bay. "I've been a waterman for over 20 years," he says. But Leggett doesn't fish anymore. He's an eco-conscious farmer who works on his sustainable oyster farm in the James River. Full story | Video Video

'Farm fresh' movement a growing food trend
The Penn Quarter Market is part of a D.C.-area nonprofit that supports local farmers in an effort to provide urban populations with fresh-from-the-farm products. It also is part of a growing movement of people turning against industrial farming practices.
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'Mister Jalopy' is the reuse, recycle guru
There is a "maker's movement" gaining prominence on a global scale. One of its pied pipers is a man known by his pen name, Mister Jalopy. His agenda is simple. "You need to be able to modify, hack, repair, rebuild and reuse the stuff that you buy."
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Cisterns save rainwater, quench environmental thirst
Andy Lipkis was 15 on the first Earth Day in 1970. Three years later, he and his friends started TreePeople, a non-profit group whose primary purpose is educating communities on planting and caring for trees and working with government agencies on issue No. 1 in the West: water. Full story | Video Video

Downtown Atlanta recycles self into a Zero Waste Zone
Last year, downtown Atlanta lost a convention to another Southern city because the visiting group perceived the other city as "greener." The loss propelled Holly Elmore into action. The Green Foodservice Alliance founder worked to help create the South's first Zero Waste Zone. Full story | Video Video

Vegetable oil carries RV down the road
Four years ago, John Winston was watching a late-night news program and saw a segment about converting diesel vehicles to run on alternative fuels. That night, Winston was hooked. He ordered a kit for $900 and proceeded to convert a truck to run on used vegetable oil. Full story | Video Video

Getting the lead out
One man wants to clean up New Orleans by using the creative minds of those most at risk. The Fundred Dollar Bill Project is an innovative artwork made of millions of drawings. CNN Gulf Coast Bureau Photojournalist Ken Tillis shows us this creative solution to a serious problem. Full story | Video Video

Building a green champion
The California Academy of Sciences was significantly damaged when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck San Francisco in 1992. Now it might the "greenest" building in the world. CNN San Francisco Photojournalist Jim Castel gives us a tour.
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Motorcyles go electric
One company in Massachusetts is selling a battery-powered motorcycle. CNN Boston Bureau Photojournalist Bob Crowley takes us on a ride with these vehicles, which qualify for a tax credit under the new stimulus package.
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