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Brittany Murphy Dies of Cardiac Arrest

Brittany Murphy, who made her breakout as the lovable friend to Alicia Silverstone’s character in “Clueless,” has sadly died at the age of 32.

Paramedics were called to the L.A. home that she shared with her husband, Simon Monjack, when her mother found her unconcious in the shower. When they arrived, paramedics determined Murphy had suffered a cardiac arrest and she could not be revived. She died at approximately 10 a.m. this morning.

Murphy starred in such films as “Sin City,” “8 Mile,” and “Don’t Say a Word.” Murphy was reportedly fired from last film, “The Caller,” after reports she was problematic on set.

Her husband, Simon Monjack, told staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center he did not want an autopsy performed on Murphy – however, one will be performed anyway.

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Sting Questioned on Environmental Hypocrisy

Sting is known for his environmental activism however, he has received a lot of criticism for his private jet-setting lifestyle. Recently, Jeremy Paxman on the UK program Newsnight, called Sting on his commitment to the environment even though his travels emit “enormous carbon costs.”

Sting said: “I think it’s an amusing red herring for the media to blame celebrities for the global crisis we’re in.” When Paxman interrupted saying that he wasn’t being blamed, but simply accused of hypocrisy, Sting replied, “I’ve done a lot of work to try and safeguard vast amounts of equatorial rainforests over the past 20 years. I think I’ve tried to ameliorate my carbon footprint which is admittedly large, but then again so is yours, Jeremy.”

He added, “Whenever I’m asked a sensible question that’s when I give a sensible answer, but none of us are blameless in this – none of us. It’s difficult to do my job and not have a carbon footprint, but I’ve tried to offset it. I’ve worked pretty hard over the last 20 years – demarcated an area of land the size of Belgium, which is a big success story, and this dam is going to compromise that.”

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Evangeline Lilly Promotes Adoption

Lost actress Evangeline Lilly is promoting adoption as well as the idea of limiting the number of children we have in order to conserve the planet.  Overpopulation is a huge environmental issue and Lilly thinks that by adopting, we can conserve the planet and also spread the love to kids who desperately need it.

Lilly says, “For a very long time, I have had intentions to adopt. We have a huge population problem on Earth. We’re not going to protect the Earth the way we need to protect it if we don’t stop making so many babies.”

“I have always wanted to have a child of my own and I will always want to go through the gift that women have been given to experience that, so I hope to be a mother at some point. I think I can allow myself one child – and from then on, I think I would have to adopt. It makes sense not to add to the population problem.”

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Woody Harrelson Earns Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Woody Harrelson? Okay. York University in Toronto is giving an honorary Doctorate to the actor for his work with environmental issues.

“Mr. Harrelson’s understanding of why we each need to reduce our ecological footprint is authentic, and his efforts to inspire others to grasp and act on this concept provide an object lesson for those of us who teach,” said Prof. Dawn Bazely, director of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability at York.

“I don’t consider myself much of a role model at all. The reason they’re giving me this doctorate has to do with my getting ahold of a principle that I believe in and sticking to it,” Harrelson told the Toronto Star. “Otherwise, I can’t think of any other aspect that I would even want my own children, much less other people’s children, to follow.”

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George Clooney Wants YOU to Change the World

George Clooney, that hunky actor we all know and love, wants to know how you can change the world. The UN Messenger of Peace has posted a message on You Tube asking people to submit their ideas on how to make the world a better and safer place.

Videos are due by October 10th — and the 5 best will be chosen and their producers invited to attend the meeting, receive a special guided tour of UN Headquarters, have their photo taken with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and receive VIP seating at the UN Day Concert, to be held on Friday 23 October.

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Matt Damon Goes Off on Adrian Grenier During PSA

A new “celebrity losing it” video has surfaced on YouTube featuring Matt Damon going off on Entourage star Adrian Grenier during a PSA shoot for the organization OneXOne.

Damon is slated to have a guest appearance on Entourage to promote his clean water organization.

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Jessica Biel Joins Summit on the Summit

Taking a break from complaining about how beautiful she is, actress and girlfriend to Justin Timberlake Jessica Biel will be scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro this January to help raise awareness for clean water.

The expedition, entitled Summit on the Summit, will also include Isabel Lucas and Lupe Fiasco.

Biel said, “This is a basic human necessity that needs to be addressed now. I’m proud to help any way I can in order to raise awareness toward the life-threatening clean water crisis happening not only in Africa but around the world.”

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Hugh Jackman Speaks at NYC Climate Week

Hugh Jackman appeared at a climate change forum for New York Climate Week‘s opening ceremony at the New York Public Library. Other speakers include world leaders including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“I hope to be a voice for the billion people in developing countries who will be the hardest hit by changing weather patterns, by the droughts and floods that destroy their crops and threaten their food security,” Jackman said.

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Hugh Jackman Helps to Launch Climate Week in NYC

Hot piece of man meat and People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Hugh Jackman is going to play a key role in launching NYC Climate Week this coming Monday, September 21st.

Jackman will speak at a climate change forum in New York alongside world leaders including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“I hope to be a voice for the billion people in developing countries who will be the hardest hit by changing weather patterns, by the droughts and floods that destroy their crops and threaten their food security,” Jackman said. “Climate Week NYC provides an ideal forum to help underscore the urgency for world leaders to secure and fund an ambitious global climate change deal in Copenhagen that is effective, fair and binding.”

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Van Jones Adresses Resignation

The Green Czar, Van Jones, is finally talking about his controversial departure from the White House after his resignation as Obama’s  top environmental adviser. Below, Jones pens an open letter to his supporters about his departure from the administration.

Dear Friends:

My family and I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support that we have received over the past week or so. I resigned from the White House on Sept. 6, and I have remained silent since then–in keeping with my promise not to be a distraction during a key moment in the Obama Presidency.

Over the past several days, however, many people have been asking how they can help and what they can do.

The main thing is this: please do everything you can to support both President Obama and the green jobs movement. Winning real change is ultimately the best response to these kinds of smear campaigns.

I ask everyone to:

1. Support President Obama’s efforts to fix our nation’s health care, energy and education systems. His victory last fall did not represent the “finish line” in the fight to renew America; his election was just the “starting line.” This autumn, it is time to make history again–with victories on health care and clean energy.

2. Sign up to support groups that are working for green jobs. As others seek to vilify or marginalize the movement for a clean energy economy, the leading groups deserve increased support. This is the year to ensure that the clean energy transformation creates good job opportunities for everyone in America.

3. Spread the green jobs gospel. The ideas and ideals of the green jobs movement are grounded in fundamental American values–innovation, entrepreneurship, and equal opportunity. My true thoughts can be found in my book: The Green Collar Economy. Check it out from the library–or order a copy and share it with a friend. See for yourself why clean energy and green jobs are good for our country.

4. Stay connected and speak up for me via your favorite blogs (e.g., Huffington Post, Grist, Jack & Jill, etc.), on message boards and all of your favorite social networking platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Supporters have set up a couple of them, to help you stay engaged, including: I Stand With Van Jones and I Love Van Jones.

In due course, I will be offering my perspective on what has happened–including correcting the record about false charges. In the meantime, I must get my family affairs in order and sort through numerous offers and options.

I want to be clear that I have nothing but love and admiration for President Obama and the entire administration. White House staffers are there to serve and support the President, not the other way around. At this critical moment in history, I could not in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. The White House needs all its hands on deck, fighting for the future.

Of course, some supporters actually think I will be more effective on the “outside.” Maybe so. But those ideas always remind me of that old canard about Winston Churchill. After he lost a hard-fought election, a friend told him: “Winston, this really is just a blessing in disguise.” Churchill quipped: “Damned good disguise.” I can certainly relate to that sentiment right now. :)

Nonetheless, we must keep moving forward. Let’s continue our work to make an America as good as its promise. These are historic times. And we have a lot more history to make.


Van Jones

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