December 13, 2009 |
This isolated Sumatran village, where monkeys frolic in the jungle canopy and residents take easy evening swims in the mud-colored Kampar River, is the unlikely center of a tense international battle of wills. Logging lobbyists, environmental activists and even foreign diplomats, including the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, have visited in recent months. Job fairs, door-to-door visits and community meetings have become a constant. It's a little like the New Hampshire presidential primary season, in an equatorial climate.
February 3, 2008 |
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.
July 10, 2008 |
Steve & Barry's, once a growing force in low-priced fashion retailing, said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the latest merchant to succumb to a harsh consumer spending climate. The Port Washington, N.Y., chain operates 276 locations in 39 states and made a big splash with merchandising endorsements with actress Sarah Jessica Parker, NBA star Stephon Marbury and other celebrities.
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
November 9, 1986
Your recent series concerning Southern California's weather (Oct. 19 and 26) prompts me to comment. While Dick Roraback did an admirable job of delineating the myriad factors that contribute to the region's exceptional climate, he weakens that part of his story that points out how much man changes his environment through the use of technology and industry since he never discusses the role man-made pollution plays in "making" weather. Smog, admittedly, represents a major factor in Southern California's weather; not only does it detract from this region's "world's-finest" climate, it also helps illustrate how man, as part of the ecological equation, contributes to the constant struggle for equilibrium that drives the world weather system, since those areas with the better climates often experience a partial destruction of their climates due to rapid industrialization and urbanization.
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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