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9 Celebrities #DemandClimateAction at Emmy's as Temperatures Reached 100ºF

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If you were watching the Emmy's last night, you might have been wondering why some actors were wearing those little green ribbons on their lapel.

The ribbon was part of the Natural Resource Defense Council's (NRDC) campaign of support for President Obama’s climate plan. NRDC is circulating a petition online to demand global leaders take strong action on climate change. The petition will be delivered at the UN Paris climate talks later this year.

The celebrities were using the high-profile event to raise awareness about the need to take strong action on climate change. Actors such as Jeffrey Tambor, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for Transparent, donned the ribbon. As did his co-star Gabby Hoffman. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy for Veep also showed support along with Louis CK, Don Cheadle and Mandy Patinkin.

Laurie David, her husband and her friend all wore the green ribbon as well. David produced An Inconvenient Truth and, most recently, teamed up with Katie Couric to executive produce Fed Up, a film about the causes of obesity in the U.S.

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The stars could not have picked a better time to show their support for climate action because the temperature in Los Angeles on Sunday reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit—making it the hottest Emmy's ever. As celebrities used fans to cool themselves off, they just could not get over how hot is was. "I'm too hot to talk," Ricky Gervais told Ryan Seacrest via New York Daily News. "I got out the car and it was like stepping into an oven."

Miss Universe 2012 winner Olivia Culpo almost fainted on the red carpet because of the heat.

Mario Lopez was so hot he sweated through at least one shirt:

Time for another shirt change... #Emmys #RedCarpetScorcher #WetTShirtContest

A photo posted by Mario Lopez (@mariolopezextra) on

I marinated in my own sweat all day... #Emmys #ConstantShirtChanges #PeopleFainting A photo posted by Mario Lopez (@mariolopezextra) on

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A volcano erupts on New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island on Dec. 9, 2019. Michael Schade / Twitter

A powerful volcano on Monday rocked an uninhabited island frequented by tourists about 30 miles off New Zealand's coast. Authorities have confirmed that five people died. They expect that number to rise as some are missing and police officials issued a statement that flights around the islands revealed "no signs of life had been seen at any point,", as The Guardian reported.

"Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island," the police said in their official statement. "Police is working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died, further to the five confirmed deceased already."

The eruption happened on New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island, an islet jutting out of the Bay of Plenty, off the country's North Island. The island is privately owned and is typically visited for day-trips by thousands of tourists every year, according to The New York Times.

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At the time of the eruption on Monday, about 50 passengers from the Ovation of Seas were on the island, including more than 30 who were part of a Royal Caribbean cruise trip, according to CNN. Twenty-three people, including the five dead, were evacuated from the island.

The eruption occurred at 2:11 pm local time on Monday, as footage from a crater camera owned and operated by GeoNet, New Zealand's geological hazards agency, shows. The camera also shows dozens of people walking near the rim as white smoke billows just before the eruption, according to Reuters.

Police were unable to reach the island because searing white ash posed imminent danger to rescue workers, said John Tims, New Zealand's deputy police commissioner, as he stood next to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a press conference, as The New York Times reported. Tims said rescue workers would assess the safety of approaching the island on Tuesday morning. "We know the urgency to go back to the island," he told reporters.

"The physical environment is unsafe for us to return to the island," Tims added, as CNN reported. "It's important that we consider the health and safety of rescuers, so we're taking advice from experts going forward."

Authorities have had no communication with anyone on the island. They are frantically working to identify how many people remain and who they are, according to CNN.

Geologists said the eruption is not unexpected and some questioned why the island is open to tourism.

"The volcano has been restless for a few weeks, resulting in the raising of the alert level, so that this eruption is not really a surprise," said Bill McGuire, emeritus professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London, as The Guardian reported.

"White Island has been a disaster waiting to happen for many years," said Raymond Cas, emeritus professor at Monash University's school of earth, atmosphere and environment, as The Guardian reported. "Having visited it twice, I have always felt that it was too dangerous to allow the daily tour groups that visit the uninhabited island volcano by boat and helicopter."

The prime minister arrived Monday night in Whakatane, the town closest to the eruption, where day boats visiting the island are docked. Whakatane has a large Maori population.

Ardern met with local council leaders on Monday. She is scheduled to meet with search and rescue teams and will speak to the media at 7 a.m. local time (1 p.m. EST), after drones survey the island, as CNN reported.

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