Rio Reverses Live Earth Ban

Environmental show will go ahead as planned
By Ben Worthen,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2007 8:56 AM CDT
Rio's Copacabana Beach said they were trying to overturn the order to prevent Latin America from being left out of the worldwide music fest aimed at stopping global warming. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Rio incarnation of Live Earth, the ecofriendly concert extravaganza scheduled for tomorrow on all seven continents, is back on. Security concerns led a judge to put the kibosh on the event, which is expected to draw up to a million would-be environmentalists to Copacabana beach, but organizers have lined up enough security to allay her worries, Reuters reports.

Al Gore, the face of Live Earth, announced today that the Washington Mall will play host to a concert. The massive 24-hour spectacle, intended to raise climate-change awareness, has booked 10 sites, including a research station in Antarctica. Ticket sales have been slow, but that's not expected to be a problem in Rio and DC—those shows are free.