2012 EMA Awards Winners

Feature Film:
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal Pictures)

Executive Producers: Audrey Geisel, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Producers: Chris Melendandri, Janet Healy
Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

Mehcad Brooks, Danny DeVito, Carla Gugino,

Documentary Film:
Chasing Ice (Submarine Deluxe)

Producers: Jerry Aronson, Paula DuPré Pesmen, Jeff Orlowski, Billy Ray, Stacy Sherman
Writer: Mark Monroe
Director: Jeff Orlowski

Frances Fisher, Jerry Aronson, James Balog, Jeff Orlowski, Paula DuPre Pesmen, Francesca Eastwood

Television Episodic Drama:
Dallas “Changing of the Guard” (TNT)

Executive Producers: Michael M. Robin, Cynthia Cidre
Producer: Ken Topolsky
Writer: Cynthia Cidre
Director: Michael M. Robin

Gabriel Mann, Emily VanCamp, Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Bowman

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In Hurricane Sandy’s Fury, The Fingerprint Of Climate Change

Originally posted on The Huffington Post by Tom Zeller Jr.

Last month, Mike Tidwell, director of Maryland’s Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the author of the 2006 book The Ravaging Tide — which detailed the expected rise in extreme weather events that will come with global warming — received a pamphlet in the mail from his insurance company, Travelers. The full-color flier depicted a typical suburban home with a lashing storm looming on the horizon.

Federal disaster declarations are up, the pamphlet declared. Average winter storm losses have doubled since the 1980s. Thunderstorms last year caused over $25 billion in damages, more than double the previous record.

“That flier was astonishing,” said Tidwell. “I couldn’t remember ever getting anything like that before.”

The implication was simple: Given the bounty of scientific and statistical evidence now in hand, insurance companies can’t afford to dither over whether climate change is real — and really, neither can anyone else. Monday night, another multibillion-dollar weather disaster — the very sort that scientists have been predicting for years would increase in frequency and intensity as the planet heats up — struck the American East Coast. Roads and subways and homes flooded and lives were lost. Property damages from wind and storm surges could break records. Millions lost power.

With one week left before an historic election that, as it happens, has been roundly criticized for its utter lack of high-level discussion of climate change, the smooth functioning of democracy itself might well be undermined by the storm, with the potential for widespread power outages in some areas lasting 10 days or more — well beyond next Tuesday’s scheduled polls.

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2012 EMA Awards Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Kelly Chapman Meyer

Alan Horn, Kelly Chapman Meyer, Cody Horn

Kelly Chapman Meyer, passionate environmentalist and health advocate, is a Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where she recently organized NRDC’s “Making Peace with the Ocean” with her co-chairs, which raised over $3 million to celebrate and raise awareness for our oceans. As co-founder of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, she has helped raise over $40 million for ground breaking Bio-Marker research and medical institutions.

She most recently co-founded the American Heart Association’s “Teaching Gardens,” which strives to eliminate childhood obesity by integrating nutrition and fitness into schools. Meyer is currently focused on launching and expanding Teaching Gardens into 1,000 schools within the next two years. Her goal is to introduce organic gardening along with a nutritional curriculum and connection to fitness; the hope is to re-establish what it means to be healthy for the next generation.

Meyer received the Huffington Post Game Changer Award in October 2011 for her dedication towards Teaching Gardens. She was recently appointed by Secretary Solis to The Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO) and was featured in Oprah’s O Magazine on her “2010 O Power List,” which recognized 20 women and their outstanding contributions to society. Meyer was also a recipient of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Award in 2004 for her outstanding work for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Meyer also blogs about her philanthropy and related topics for the Huffington Post.

She is a board member of Heal the Bay and worked to help pass the Environmental Education Initiative, which provides environmental education for all children in the state of California, K – 12. In 2008, she partnered to build the first LEED Platinum home in California that was used to educate the public on Green building and raise money for environmental causes. She recently supported the implementation of the Marine Life Preserve Area (MLPA) off the coast of Southern California.

A strong supporter of the public school system, she was president of the PTA at Point Dume Marine Science School in Malibu. She recently completed a solar and wind energy project at her children’s public elementary school where the community experienced first-hand the concept of thinking globally while acting locally. This project was the impetus for all schools in the Santa Monica Unified School District to install solar panels.

A true outdoorswoman, she is an avid surfer, stand up paddler, yoga devotee, tri-athlete and hiker. She is the mother of two, Carson and Eli, and wife of Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Studios.

Corporate Responsibility Award:
Elon Musk

Jeff Skoll & Elon Musk

Elon Musk is the CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and the CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

At SpaceX, Elon is the chief designer, overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets. In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft won the NASA contract to provide a commercial replacement for the cargo transport function of the Space Shuttle, which retired in 2011. The SpaceX Falcon 1 was the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit. In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit with its Dragon spacecraft. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to dock with the International Space Station and return cargo to Earth with the Dragon.

At Tesla, Elon has overseen product development and design from the beginning, including the all electric Tesla Roadster, Model S and Model X. Transitioning to a sustainable energy economy, in which electric vehicles play a pivotal role, has been one of his central interests for almost two decades, stemming from his time as a physics student working on ultracapacitors in Silicon Valley.

In addition, Elon is the non-executive chairman and principal shareholder of SolarCity, which he helped create. SolarCity is now the leading provider of solar power systems in the United States.

Green Parent Award:
Jessica Alba

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New Study Shows More Americans Starting to Believe Climate Change is Real

A new study released by the Pew Research Center shows that more Americans are finally starting to believe that climate change is real. According to Pew, 67% say there is solid evidence that the earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades, up four points since last year and 10 points since 2009.

Likewise, these same people are also beginning to accept the fact that climate change is mostly caused by human actions.

Currently, 42% say the warming is mostly caused by human activity, such as burning fossil fuels, while 19% say it is mostly caused by natural patterns in the earth’s environment. Last year, 38% mostly attributed global warming to human activity and in 2010 34% did so.

Many continue to see global warming as a problem; 64% of Americans say it is a very serious (39%) or somewhat serious (25%) problem. That is virtually unchanged from last year and still lower than from 2006 to 2008.

While most Americans are beginning to believe that climate change is a reality, there is one group who remain skeptical.

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Toyota Prius is the Best Selling Car in California

Toyota Prius V on display at the 22nd Annual EMA Awards

The Toyota Prius is the best-selling car in California, the state that buys more cars than any in the country.

Emily VanCamp arrives at the 22nd Annual EMA Awards in a Prius

According to data from Experian Automotive, by the end of September, Toyota had sold over 46,000 Priuses in California. Of those, about 6,000 were the Prius C, a less expensive compact version with a smaller engine, and about 7,600 were the Prius V, a wagon version with more cargo space. The remainders were the standard Prius and the Prius Plug-in, which has a battery that can be charged from an electrical outlet.

According to CNN.com, not only is California the nation’s biggest car market, it’s also the biggest market for alternative fuel cars, including hybrids, plug-in cars, diesels and natural gas cars.

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