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Eco-Beat, 4/21

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Are green celebrities ditching the Prius for luxury hybrids? Are children good or bad for the planet? Are “cage-free” eggs worth the money? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Robert Downey Jr., Credit: Frank Micelotta, Getty ImagesMercedes Stealing the Prius’ Hollywood Status?
Toyota has recovered quickly from the recall blues, but it may never regain its slice of the celebrity market. Mercedes-Benz has been steadily chipping away at the Prius’ domination, now counting Robert Downey Jr., SJP, Gerard Butler and Miley Cyrus among its converts.
Infant attacks Roman forum, Credit: Ed from Ohio, FlickrThe Rise of the “GINK”
There’s a new term for people who choose not to have kids for environment reasons — “GINK” (green inclinations, no kids). Created by Grist editor Lisa Hymas, the semi-controversial term is aimed at making it more socially-acceptable for adults to go kid-free.
Sigourney Weaver, Credit: George Napolitano/FilmMagic.comSigourney Weaver Says Kids are Closer to Nature
Of course, there are those who think that if the world were filled with kids, the planet would be in much better shape. Says Weaver: “I think children have a connection to nature that’s so deep when they’re born, and they’re closer in a way than we are as adults.”
Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Credit: NordicPhotos, Getty ImagesHow is This Volcano Impacting Climate Change?
As that grumpy Icelandic volcano continues to spew gases into the atmosphere, you can’t help but wonder how it’s affecting our “global warming” situation. Check out Treehugger’s breakdown of Mt. Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Cage free eggs, Credit: Free 2 Be, FlickrAre “Cage Free” Eggs All They’re Cracked up to be?
So you pay the extra $1.69 at the grocery store to get the carton of eggs that says “cage free” on it because it makes you feel better, but you have your doubts. Are the terms “free range” and “cage free” really worth anything? Check out Umbra’s take on poultry products.

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