Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Editors' Picks

Mountaintop removal threatens Appalachian communities, environments
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This [E] Magazine article provides a short overview of mountaintop removal, the practice of obtaining coal by blasting off mountain peaks. (Unfortunately, just as Southeast Ohio is making progress towards cleaning up areas degraded by past coal mining, another region of Appalachia faces similar threats.)

From the article:
“A lot of kids there have asthma or other breathing problems, and a few have died from cancer,” Wiley says. “I picked my granddaughter up from school one day because she was sick and I watched a tear slide down her face while she was looking up at the coal mines. That’s when I vowed I would do something to help those kids.”
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Two men fined for stealing forest products
Rural Action members and landowners in Southeast Ohio frequently contend with poachers of ginseng, goldenseal and other forest plants. As a result, Rural Action has worked with law enforcement officers to educate them on this issue and to increase enforcement. It’s heartening to note that recently, two Jackson men were fined for stealing hemlock branches from an Ohio wildlife area.

The Onion: Snowmen march against global warming
WASHINGTON, DC—Braving balmy temperatures and sunny skies, millions of scarfless snowmen and snowwomen gathered in cities across the world Tuesday to raise public awareness about the heavy toll global warming is taking on their health and well-being.

Organizers estimated the crowd at more than 375,000, but D.C. Police Commissioner Charles Stacey estimated turnout at 30,000 whole snowmen, with scattered rounded abdomens accounting for an additional 5,000.
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