Eco-Beat, 10/14

Do Adrian Grenier, Mark Whalberg, and Ashton Kutcher really qualify as “ordinary” guys? Can Jessica Biel’s and Pete Wentz’s personal trainers get them in shape for a grueling 6km run/walk by April? Does PETA understand that vegetarians are susceptible to the swine flu? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Adrian Grenier, credit: Stephen Lovekin, Getty ImagesAdrian Grenier Supports the GQ Gentlemen’s Fund
Contrary to what you might expect, the Gentlemen’s Fund isn’t designed to send beautiful women to bikini modeling school (it’s GQ not Maxim). The GF is about “ordinary superstars men doing extraordinary things.: Adrian is leading the fund’s ocean conservation efforts.
Pete Wentz and Jessica Biel, credit: Emmanuel Dunand, Getty ImagesJessica Biel and Pete Wentz Run For Clean Water
LiveEarth, yes, that Live Earth, is sponsoring The Run For Water, a 6km run/walk (roughly the distance that women and children walk to access water in the developing world) that will be going on in cities across the planet on April 18th. Jessica Biel and Pete Wentz are in.
banned peta advertisment, credit: screenshotPETA’s Confused About What Causes Swine Flu
A broad consensus of the scientific community has accepted the idea that the H1N1 “swine flu” is spread through microscopic pathogens called viruses. PETA, on the other hand, apparently thinks that it’s spread by eating meat. At least, that’s what their ad suggested.
carbon offset kiosk, credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty ImagesAre Carbon Offsets Counterproductive?
Is the act of buying “offsets” simply an expensive way to feel better about our eco-sins, while not making any real positive impact? In a word: No. Not unless you consider the fact that you’re funding new renewable energy projects and rainforest conservation counter-productive.
biker in Copenhagen, credit: Daviddennisphotos.com, FlickrCan Cyclists and Drivers Coexist?
As journalist Gary Mason studies Copenhagen’s bike-friendly transportation system, he’s discovered the secret: Make life easier for cyclists, even at the expense of drivers. They actually take space away from drivers and give it to cyclists. Could this ever happen in the US?

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