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February 3, 2008 | Edward Harris, Associated Press
In the gloomy shade deep in Africa's rain forest, the noontime silence was pierced by the whine of a far-off chain saw. It was the sound of destruction, echoed from wood to wood, continent to continent, in the tropical belt that circles the globe. From Brazil to central Africa to once-lush islands in Asia's archipelagoes, human encroachment is shrinking the world's rain forests. The alarm was sounded decades ago by environmentalists, but was mostly unheeded. The picture, meanwhile, has changed: Africa is now a leader in deforestation.
March 15, 2006
Re "A climate change of heart," Opinion, March 14 Man-made global warming is a myth. It is only man's vanity that makes us believe that we can alter the Earth's climate. Natural forces (volcanoes, oceans, plants, animals) dwarf anything we do. When Mt. Pinatubo blew up in 1991, it spewed more chemicals and gases into the atmosphere than we ever will. Weather is always changing and unusual. The Earth has had many periods of warming and cooling. The sky is not falling. CHRIS KNOX Torrance
September 30, 2001
Being one of the simple folk, I am hanging on to my stocks, including Disney ["Bass Family Parts With Disney Stock," Sept. 21]. I don't want to add to the climate of economic fear that threatens all Americans. The Bass family has no such concerns for America. Maitland B. Alexander Thousand Oaks
April 26, 1992
The article neglected to mention an abuse the present workers' comp anti-fraud climate is fueling in Southern California. Unscrupulous employers feel empowered to threaten employees to retract their claims for legitimate on-the-job injuries. Employees who do not obey these demands may find themselves victimized by their employer. JANE NORLANDER Glendale
October 8, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
U.S. companies could save tens of billions of dollars by investing in efforts to combat deforestation in developing nations instead of cleaning up their own domestic carbon dioxide emissions, according to a report released Wednesday. The report, compiled by a high-powered bipartisan group, backs the use of "forest offsets" in the global effort to curb pollution that is heating up the atmosphere. It was released in advance of the upcoming Senate debate on climate legislation and an international meeting on the issue set for December in Copenhagen.
November 22, 2009
Tim DeChristopher created quite a circus at an auction of federal oil and gas leases in Utah last December when he bid for and won 14 parcels worth $1.8 million -- and then announced that he had neither the intention nor the money to pay for them. In fact, he was just a college student (an economics major, it turns out) unleashing a bit of havoc to protest drilling and global warming, an environmentalist frustrated by "incrementalism" who was desperately trying to shake things up. He succeeded.
January 27, 1991
I am so tired of hearing about all these people, black and white, who have survived all these years. What about the divorce rate, the familial climate with the grandparents, strained relationship with sisters, brothers, co-workers? Everyone from Time to Essence has covered the positive side associated with these people. Show the ones without Ph.D. and MD behind their names. ALEXIS J. ELDER Los Angeles
January 4, 2007
Re "He's a Lon Chaney for Today," Dec. 28: Undoubtedly, suit performers and character artists are completely unheralded in today's celebrity-drenched climate. Like makeup artists and effects technicians, too often, these craftspeople remain tidily behind the scenes. Susan King's stories always give a voice to quieter talents. It's a refreshing break for those of us who are truly interested in the craft of cinema at every level. SCOTT ESSMAN Glendora
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