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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: July 1, 2009

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July 01, 2009

Daily Roundup: July 1, 2009

You Save My Planet, I’ll Save Yours: After a series of serious compromises and concessions, the House of Representatives passed a landmark piece of climate-change legislation, marking the first time either house of Congress has passed a bill establishing a cap on the emissions blamed for global warming. The bill still waits action in the Senate. New York Times
Less Bush, More Trees: On Tuesday, a California federal judge nullified national forest-management rules established during the Bush era. As a result, The Forest Service will reintroduce regulations to protect wildlife and curtail logging. San Francisco Chronicle

Bright Idea: Obama spoke of future efforts to create and standardize energy efficient light bulbs, asserting that the more efficient bulbs would save consumers billions annually, conserve energy, reduce emissions, and lessen our dependence on coal-fired power plants. MSNBC

Seal the Deal: Francois Hugo of Seal Alert South Africa is collecting donations from around the globe to purchase a fur company that intends to buy the pelts of baby seals that live on the Namibian coast. The fur company plans to club 85,000 seal pups in Namibia to meet its business goals. Hugo is reaching out on YouTube and Facebook, imploring people to donate $15 each to reach the necessary $14.2 million to buy the fur company and stop the killing. Yahoo

Flying Solar: In a nation best known for chocolate and cheese, Switzerland unveiled a new claim to fame: its prototype for a new solar-powered airplane that will be able to fly during day and night without fuel. Test flights start late this year. CNET

--Julia Gelbaum


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