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Emeril greens it up a notch on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green

As if you needed more incentive to spend your green at the very green Whole Foods, now Emeril Lagasse is hosting a show on location at different Whole Foods markets around the country. Emeril Green debuts this Monday on the Discovery Channel’s new Planet Green channel, with six consecutive half-hour episodes. The show promises to feature fresh, local, organic foods: what they’re used for, when to buy them, how to choose them, and ideas for cooking them, presented by Emeril and other food experts. 

So what kind of hands-on eco advice has the chef offered so far? A promotional video on the New York Times website has Emeril sharing an eco tip: “I love a good tailgate party. But I love a green one even more. So when you bring a picnic, don’t leave a mess behind. Pay attention to what you can reuse, recycle, or compost. And if you can, bring your own plates and utensils. You won’t have to throw paper and plastic away, and you’ll eat with style.”

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Environmentally progressive Iceland needs help from Björk, Sigur Rós

Two of Iceland's biggest music acts, Björk and Sigur Rós, were named "Friends of the United Nations" after performing at a concert to raise environmental awareness in Reykjavik on Saturday. The concert was attended by one-tenth of the Icelandic population, 30,000 people, and the issue at stake was the dams being built around Iceland. The dams do fuel hydroelectricity, but in turn that power is used for environment-damaging aluminum smelters.

At the concert Björk said, "The 21st century is not going to be another oil century but rather a century where we need to recycle, think green, and design both power plants and our surroundings in harmony with nature."

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Love letters from Paul Newman

I’ve been getting letters from Paul Newman lately, and what a thrill it has been! Well, technically, the mailings are for several of his charity causes, probably because I answered George Clooney’s appeal and donated to the Darfur relief cause. Now the charities have me figured (accurately) as a sucker for any cause heralded by a dreamboat movie star. And I think this is a wise tactic more charities should employ.

But since he has such an outstanding record for the charity work, let’s take a look at some of Paul Newman’s revelations to me from these letters:

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The 10 most overexposed green celeb stories

This blog has been around for a little more than a year now. The Dirt is still young enough to be in cloth diapers, but although it hasn’t reached the terrible twos, it’s old enough to start saying a defiant “No!” to certain stories. Here are 10 topics I’m ready to bury away from The Dirt due to their overexposure in the press this year.

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What's new with Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney has been incorporating vegan leather in her fashion designs for years: She recently worked organic cotton into her lingerie line for Barneys; and now her just-launched autumn and winter collection for Harvey Nichols in the UK utilizes organic cotton.

She also just launched a natural and organic skin care line called CARE, but David  Bronner is calling Stella’s stellar reputation into question. The president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is suing companies like CARE, Jason, Nature’s Gate, Avalon Organics, and Kiss my Face, acting on revelations by the Organic Consumers Association that some “organic” and “natural” products actually contain toxic chemicals. The allegations against McCartney’s line specifically seem to focus on the claim that ingredients are 100% organic, when the suit says not all of them are organic.

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