Eco-News Roundup: Wednesday September 23

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News on Blue Marble-ish subjects from our other blogs and around the Web you might have missed.

Baucus Bill Changed: Baucus says he’ll change the bill to favor middle-income Americans.

Green Girl: Model Gisele Bundchen becomes a goodwill UN ambassador for climate. [Environmental News Service]

Save Me, Will Ferrell!: New video by Ferrell worries about fate of healthcare company execs.

Hot Seat: In speech, Obama says US is making strides in fighting climate change.

Junk Science: New bill would sponsor study of junk food marketing in schools. [Consumerist]

Adios, Cloves: Clove cigarettes, beloved by drama geeks everywhere, shut down by the FDA.

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