February 22, 2006 |
Re "Rescuers Hear Only Silence From Sea of Mud," Feb. 19 The reporting of the mudslide disaster in the Philippines fails to address the causes of this catastrophe and seems to treat it as an act of God, thus absolving people of any responsibility. Failure to recognize and correct the human involvement in this tragedy will just lead to thousands more deaths in the future. In 2001, a team of scientists from Humboldt University of Berlin reported that forest cover on Leyte Island had decreased markedly since the late 1980s because of illegal logging with the support of government officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1990 |
The world's tropical forests, thought to be vital to life on Earth, are vanishing at a rate twice as fast as that estimated 10 years ago, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said last week. First estimates from the agency's 1990 Forest Resources Assessment showed that the annual rate of deforestation rose sharply from 37,000 square miles in 1980 to 66,000 square miles 10 years later--an area about the size of Oklahoma every year.
June 25, 1989 |
For Beverly Revness and Janice Tarr, the school year that ended Friday was a long, difficult and tumultuous one, but comments from students like 10-year-old Natasha Roje give them hope that it was not all in vain. "I wonder, if I have children," Natasha told a classroom visitor recently, "if they'll ever get to know about the rain forests, or if they have to see pictures and stuff." Small-Scale Triumph Revness and Tarr, teachers at Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Brentwood, have spent the year raising the environmental consciousness of their fourth- and fifth-graders with a joint project for the two classes.
June 14, 1990 |
The Senate voted Wednesday to restrict logging and set aside 673,000 acres as a protected area in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. To preserve old-growth parts of the vast forest, the bill would modify two long-term logging contracts and end a $40-million annual incentive for high-level harvesting in the area. The 99-0 vote was cast after the senators set aside an amendment to require the U.S.
June 8, 1990 |
Destruction of the world's tropical forests is occurring nearly 50% faster than the best previous scientific estimates showed, with enough trees being lost each year to cover the state of Washington, the World Resources Institute said Thursday. Between 40 million and 50 million acres are lost annually, according to new satellite measurements of vanishing timberland, with the biggest losses occurring in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Costa Rica.
August 10, 2006 |
Police arrested 46 people, including 16 agents of the federal environmental protection agency, suspected of illegal logging in the Amazon rain forest and southern Brazil, the Environment Ministry said. The suspects, arrested in four states, are accused of selling an estimated 32 million cubic feet of illegally logged hardwoods worth an estimated $25 million, the ministry said in a statement.