Nothing will ever replace Valentine’s Day’s heart-throbbing red — and St. Patrick isn’t about to surrender his green. But the star-studded romantic comedy, “Valentine’s Day,” does set a new standard for eco-friendly filmmaking according to those involved with the project.
From the LA Times:
In “Valentine’s Day,” producers used 350 reusable water bottles, eliminating 21,000 plastic bottles and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 67 metric tons, according to a “carbon audit” by by Warner Bros. Other steps included using solar-powered generators at the production base camp, saving an estimated 19 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Rental trucks and set lighting generators were powered by biodiesel fuel. Caterers used biodegradable plates, cups and utensils to serve cast and crew meals during the 55-day shoot. Most of the 25 tons of waste collected through the filming was either composted or recycled.
“Warner Bros. really wanted to see our film as changing the culture,” Pokorny added. “We tried to push what we can do and what we can do better next time.”
An emergency appeal launched by the international aid community within days of the Haiti earthquake has reached more than 95% of its $577m target.
But as the rainy season approaches, and then the hurricane season, the situation for hundreds of thousands of people is still precarious and their needs urgent.
In a political climate where any impropriety is exploited as cause for rejecting entire bodies of scientific evidence, some scientists are calling for changes in how UN reports are prepared.
At Mother Nature Network, Sarah Backhouse reports on algae biofuel technology unveiled in Los Angeles:
In the heart of Los Angeles, oil is being produced. Not the dirty, black variety you have to drill for, but the clean, green kind that can be manufactured… anywhere.
At an exclusive event last Thursday night, OriginOil unveiled its breakthrough technology to transform algae, a promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum. After years of research and development, the company is ready to go commercial with their new technology.
BBC News reports on how the next solar maximum may threaten the accuracy of global positioning systems worldwide — even blinding them for tens of minutes several times a year.
From Mother Jones:
ExxonMobil is still funding groups that deny climate change, despite claiming last year that it had stopped doing so.
From the Independent:
Free-market, anti-climate change think-tanks such as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in the US and the International Policy Network in the UK have received grants totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds from the multinational energy company ExxonMobil. Both organisations have funded international seminars pulling together climate change deniers from across the globe.