Richard Branson's Island Plans, Robert Redford Returns to the Gulf, and More


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Sir Richard Branson owns two islands in the Caribbean, but what exactly he planned to do with them has inspired plenty of rumors, from selling them off to turning one into an eco-friendly resort. But CNN reports he's made a plan for Moskito Island: Branson applied for permits to bring 30 ring-tailed lemurs to the island to help the struggling species survive.Lemurs live only in Madagascar, where they're threatened by habitat destruction and logging. But some scientists have pointed out that introducing an invasive species doesn't always have positive results, no matter how good your intentions. "We will have to play it by ear," said Branson in The Guardian. "If this works out well, we will bring in more lemur species and eventually hope to find a bigger island for them."

Robert Redford Goes Back to the Gulf

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On April 23 -- just a few days after the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill -- Robert Redford and the NRDC will present "Stories from the Gulf: Living with the Oil Disaster" on Planet Green. On The Huffington Post, Redford takes viewers behind the scenes of the film with anecdotes and information about the residents still dealing with the spill. "Listening to people describe how much the bayou means to them, you realize how painful it must be not to know if their way of life can survive," he writes. "But to know that the damage was wrought not by the caprice of a hurricane but by the greed and negligence of oil companies is just plain infuriating."

Padma Lakshmi's Vegetarian Baby

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When the current group of eco-friendly mothers-to-be -- Alicia Silverstone, Marion Cotillard, Alyssa Milano, and others -- start organizing their green baby playgroup, they should make sure Padma Lakshmi gets an invite: The model and "Top Chef" host has her daughter, Krishna, on a "lacto-vegetarian Indian diet," says Vegetarian Star -- and the baby will be completely vegetarian once she's weaned. "She's still breastfeeding, that's where the lacto part comes in," says Lakshmi. "She can't eat the spicy food that I love since it would be too hard on her system but other than that she'll eat the foods that I make for her."

"90210" Star Committed to Recycling

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On "Beverly Hills 90210" reboot "90210," AnnaLynne McCord plays one of the famous zip code's used-to-getting-what-she-wants teens. But off set, EcoStiletto says, she works with The Somaly Mam Foundation to end sex trafficking and supports sustainability in Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts -- and in her own car. "At any given moment in my car I will have 25 water bottles that I won't throw away because they have to be recycled. People will get in my car and be like, 'Why is it so dirty in here?'" says the actress. "We're used to all these things--whatever we want we can create it, more or less--but for me it goes back to moral ethics. If you don't appreciate something, you will lose it."

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