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August 27th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

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“I will never forget the first time I saw a polar bear. I was in awe of its absolute beauty. I realised at that moment that I may be one of the last people to see them alive. Their habitat is melting away rapidly with climate change. By swimming in vulnerable ecosystems, I want to draw attention to the impact of our actions. They say that seeing is believing and it's certainly true. I hope that through my swims, and the filming and reporting of them, I can act as the eyes of the world. So, whether I'm swimming around islands which are fast disappearing due to rising sea levels, or swimming across parts of the Arctic which were previously frozen over, I will swim – and stand for the future of our planet. I believe that each and every one of us can do something to ensure that future generations enjoy a safe and sustainable world.”

Lewis is our Mission Possible today. Learn about his cause, what you can do and how you can be the change right here!

THE BIG I: How would you maximize your living space? Think about it. Could you make a fridge that was 12 inches thick?  Ideas like this are coming from the leaders of the future in the Electrolux Design Lab, an annual competition for undergraduate and graduate industrial design students.  They are tasked with coming up with ideas for household appliances of the future! This year’s theme is “The 2nd Space Age”.

Take a look:

The Top 8 Finalists of the Electrolux Design Lab

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  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Polar bears are cute until they try to eat you . did you know that scientist also blame the great flood of Noah's ark on the melting of the polar ice caps .climate change is a natural event not a man made disaster the polar bears survived one meltdown and they will do fine with another .

    August 27, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  2. Heather

    Yes, the polar bears have survived global warming/floods before, but there wasn't the human population before that there is now. We don't want the polar bears where we live, chances are they would prefer to not live near us also, but as their territory gets smaller where are they to go?

    August 27, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  3. Sol Shapiro

    This piece is part of the ongoing activity of the well funded environmental community to frighten the public. Now I do agree that it is highly likely that anthropogenic warming is happening. But what the envrionmental community will not talk about (and you do not adequately discuss on the air) is the fact that climate change can, to a first order be put on hold in short order and at low cost by a process termed geoengineering which in one form emulates the cooling effect of large volcanic eruptions. Are the Russian fires and the Pakistani floods enhanced by global warming? If so, isn't there a moral/ethical need to study and deploy geoengineering if needed – else those who do not talk about it are contributors to much death and destruction and should bear blame.
    Be happy to dialog including links to calls for study of geoengineering by the Royal Society of the UK and the National Academy of Sciences.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  4. Judy DeLuca

    In re: to the young lady just reporting, about 2pm, I believe her name is Chris. I felt it was most inappropriate and disrespectful for her to refer in a crude way to President Obama not having the courage ( anatomic referrence) to promote another stimulus. This type of language is crude and unnecessary for a mature national television audience.

    August 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm |