OREGON CITY. Ore. - More than 35,000 fish lay dead in the bed of the Klamath River and the death count continues to rise. These are not just any fish. They are wild salmon, both coho and chinook, the very totems of the Northwest. They suffocated from lack of cool water.
Drawing upon environmental writer Wendell Berry's characterization of American forest management as alternating cycles of abuse and neglect, activist Andy Mahler last week detailed how our consumer-based society has spawned a new era of widespread forest abuse.
Another national big-box retailer with tentacles in the Bloomington retail market has been exposed for unsustainable business practices. The San Francisco-based ForestEthics' Paper Campaign last week charged that Staples Inc. has been misleading shareholders and the public about its role in the continued destruction of old-growth and endangered forests.
Meteorologists from Indianapolis to the British Isles last week added more statistical evidence to what southern Indiana residents intuitively know and are increasingly concerned about – global climate change is fundamentally altering the experience of life on earth.
Monroe County citizens have more than a passing interest in a court ruling last week that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit charging Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana with violating the Clean Air Act can proceed. The outcome will have a direct impact on air quality in and around the Bloomington area.
In an ideal world, last Thursday's headline in the Indianapolis Star - "For 25 years, GM and state knew city lived with PCBs" - would be big news.