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Arnold Schwarzenegger Honored by UN for Work on Climate Change

By Lisa Marsh | December 20, 2012 8:58am

MIDTOWN EAST — He's back — and taking on climate change. 

Former Republican governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was honored by the United Nations Correspondents Association as 2012 Global Advocate of the Year Wednesday night at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Since leaving office, the action star helped found a nonprofit called R20 Regions of Climate Action, which works with the UN to implement and help finance eco-friendly projects around the world.

Farther Downtown at the Crosby Hotel in SoHo, the environment was on everyone's mind as the climate change-based film "Chasing Ice" screened for a group including Sean Lennon and filmmakers Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker.

The documentary features time-lapsed photography by National Geographic lensman James Balog from areas in the Arctic over a multi-year period. What is shown — including majestic mountains of ice melting away — aims to prove that global warming is not a myth.

Photos courtesy of PatrickMcMullan.com.