Hollywood often comes under fire for polluting our minds with sex and violence. But what it's certainly fouling is the air. A November 2006 report by UCLA's Institute of the Environment calculates that film and television production in the Los Angeles metropolitan area creates 140,000 metric tons of air pollution annually--more than the region's hotel, apparel, or aerospace industries. The media moguls do a better job on reducing waste; the two Matrix sequels, for example, got high marks for recycling 97.5 percent of the wood, concrete, steel, and other materials (about 10,000 tons in all) used to create their futuristic world.
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March 12, 2007
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