George Clooney Gets Malaria, the Green Set of "The Good Wife" and More


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After his most recent trip to the Sudan in an effort to draw attention to the war-torn nation, George Clooney came home with an unpleasant souvenir: malaria.Clooney's spokesman says that the actor is fully recovered from the disease, which he developed earlier this month and talked about in an interview with Piers Morgan on Morgan's new talk show. Clooney and Morgan were able to joke about the diagnosis, with Clooney saying, "I guess the mosquito in Juba looked at me and thought I was the bar," and Morgan later tweeting, "Clooney malaria update: now have 24,563 offers to nurse him. But his rep says medication's worked and he's OK. Sorry, ladies." Though malaria is rare in the United States, climate change could encourage its spread in other parts of the world, where it's often fatal. Said Clooney's spokesman, "This was his second bout with it. This illustrates how with proper medication, the most lethal condition in Africa can be reduced to a bad ten days instead of a death sentence."

In October, Malaria No More enlisted actors Orlando Bloom, Aziz Ansari, Ed Helms, B.J. Novak, Ted Danson, and others for its Comedy No More series of PSAs, which are part of the organization's effort to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

Solar Power on the Set of "The Good Wife"

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Fans of Julianna Margulies and "The Good Wife" know that the main character, Alicia Florrick, is no pushover -- "She isn't used to tears and tantrums," Margulies told Mother Nature Network -- but offscreen, the "Good Wife" team has a definite soft spot for the environment. "We actually have the first passive solar set in the country. It's 60 percent run by solar power," the actress says. And at home, she follows through on that commitment by recycling and passing down green lessons to her three-year-old son. "I just try not to waste," she says. "I try to do my part and I think it's all our jobs to teach our kids that."

Mark Ruffalo's Anti-Fracking Effforts Continue

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Actor Mark Ruffalo, who has been speaking out against the natural gas drilling method known as fracking since last year, joined a panel discussion on "Fracking and its Effects" at Exit Art's gallery in New York City. The panel, part of the "Fracking: Art and Actvism Against the Drill" exhibit, drew more than 300 people, according to The Huffington Post -- including "Gasland" director Josh Fox and former New York City DEP Commissioner Al Appleton. Ruffalo summed up the risks of fracking (which can release toxic chemical into the water supply) while stressing the importance of clean energy: "The cheap, quick energy has become less and less available, and so our extraction methods have become riskier and riskier...we are only going to see greater degradation, more and more catastrophes, and greater catastrophes."

Miranda Kerr Cares for Koalas

Image: EcoStiletto EcoStiletto continues its four-part interview with model (and new mom) Miranda Kerr, this time with a look at some of the famous beauty's favorite causes. In addition to supporting her native Australia's 24-hour Kids Helpline suicide-prevention organization, Greenpeace, and a local group that teaches schoolchildren about organic gardening, Kerr posed in chains on the cover of Rolling Stone to draw attention to the lack of preserved habitats for koala bears. She encourages readers to donate to the Australian Koala Foundation and its conservation efforts, because, she says, "Koalas are disappearing. Loss of koala habitat and koala food trees -- they eat eucalyptus leaves -- are the leading koala threats." Read the full interview at EcoStiletto.

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