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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: June 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

Daily Roundup: June 30, 2009

Cleaner Cars for California: The EPA granted California permission to set stricter vehicle-emission standards than those in effect nationally. Thirteen other states have announced plans to adopt the California standards. New York Times

Fair Trade: The United States agreed to forgive nearly $30 million in Indonesian debt in exchange for the protection of forests on Sumatra. Indonesia, which has one of the world's highest deforestation rates, will pay the $30 million into a trust that issues grants for forest-conservation work. Wall Street Journal

World at Your Fingertips: NASA and the Japanese trade ministry joined forces (and 1.3 million images) to create the most complete topographical map of Earth ever published. It will soon be available for free download and use. BBC

Back on the List: Less than two months after being removed from endangered species list, gray wolves once again have federal protection in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. MSNBC

Beetles Reign:
Exploding to a point that has created what locals have dubbed “beetle rain,” the mountain pine beetle population has killed more than half of all lodge pole pine trees in British Columbia.  The bug, usually kept in check by cold winters, could spread to the U.S. BBC

--Sarah F. Kessler

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