While the American media’s attention has been focused on the jobs-versus-owls controversy of the Pacific Northwest, battles over forests are beginning to rage throughout the East and Southeast.
What do environmentalists have against plastics recycling? While the country happily recycles bottles, cans and newspapers, we have yet to figure out what to do with plastics, which are growing in production at a rate of 10 percent per year.
The tropical forests of Guatemala’s largest and northernmost state, the Peten, cover nearly two million hectares (nearly 5 million acres). They contain numerous rare and endangered animal species, and more than 400 species of trees. But the Peten is also rich in oil. And like other Latin American rainforest countries, Guatemala needs oil.
Unlike most people, Linda Moneyhun Miano can watch her health pass by in the sky outside her window. She lives on a hillside farm overlooking the Clinch River in the Appalachian ridges of western Virginia. She and her husband Craig, a coal miner, moved here in 1980 as refugees from the petro-chemical alley in southern Louisiana where Linda, who is asthmatic and chemically sensitive, couldn’t breathe. If these remote mountains were safe enough for moonshiners, she said, they were safe enough for her.