Prince of Monaco Mushes for the Earth

Those who hold fast to the notion that environmentalism is as glamorous as a gilded toadstool ought to consider the passionate concern about global warming demonstrated by His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, son of Rainier III and Grace Kelly. The sometimes-controversial head of the House of Grimaldi will soon depart for a journey by dogsled to the North Pole organized to raise awareness about the shrinking polar ice cap. And lest you write his arctic adventure off as an eco-themed publicity stunt, keep in mind that one of the first actions the Prince took after succeeding to the throne last summer was to sign the Kyoto Protocol, taking Monaco outside of the small group of countries that had failed to ratify the treaty.