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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: October 7, 2009

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October 07, 2009

Daily Roundup: October 7, 2009

Denouncing Deforestation: With help from Greenpeace, four of the largest leather and beef companies in the world have pledged to refrain from purchasing cattle from any indigenous, protected, or newly deforested area. Treehugger

Greening Google: Google, with help from its partner Energy Inc., plans to provide consumers with real-time home energy usage via its PowerMeter, a Web-based program that shows consumption through charts and graphs. Green Inc. (NYT)

REDDy and Waiting: After Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Germany guaranteed financing for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD) program, the World Wildlife Fund of Sweden is urging its government – which holds the EU presidency – to follow suit and help halt deforestation. WWF

Shrinking Soil Lovers: Soil-inhabiting creatures could decrease significantly in size, according to a new study about soil creatures that lived 55 million years ago that were exposed to an increase in carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures similar to today. Science Daily

Addressing Atrazine: The EPA is taking a closer look at the health effects of atrazine, a chemical used mostly in the Midwest on corn, sorghum, and sugarcane to control grassy weeds. Reuters

--Michael Mullaley

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