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  • ICIJ: Plunder in the Pacific

    "Plunder in the Pacific," an eight-country investigation, revealed how Asian, European and Latin American fleets have devastated what was once one of the world’s great fish stocks. Jack mackerel in the South Pacific has decreased from around 30 million tons to less than three tons in just two decades. We found that national interests and geopolitical rivalry for six years blocked efforts to ratify a regional fisheries management organization that could impose binding regulations to rescue jack mackerel from further collapse. Bound only by voluntary restrictions, fleets competed in what amounted to a free-for-all in no man’s water.
  • The River: Will the EPA finally make GE cleanup its PCBs?

    Kolbert investigates the status of the Hudson River in Albany. For about 30 years, General Electric Corporation dumped millions of pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls -- PCBs -- into the Hudson River. In 1977, GE stopped dumping the "probable human carcinogen" into the river. However, PCB is still prevalent in the river and its underlying sediments. The EPA is considering making GE dredge up the sludge and treat it. The EPA is scheduled to make a decision in the coming weeks. However, the government organization has postponed making a decision 11 times already.
  • New Life in a Death Trap

    Discover Magazine looks at the highly acidic Lake Berkeley in Butte, Montana. Lake Berkeley once was an open-pit mine that ceased production in the early 1980s. When the mining came to a hault, groundwater flooded the pit. Today, Lake Berkeley has a pH of 2.6 and contains metals such as copper, cadmium and arsenic. However, while the lake appears dead, local scientists have discovered that tough bacteria and algae are actually living in the lake.
  • The Clean Air Wars

    The News & Observer examines the controversy surrounding the Enviormental Protection Agency's proposed tough clean-air regulations. An industry group of 500-plus utilities and manufactures protesting the EPA regulations claim that "they will take a big bite out of our wallets wihout helping us breathe better." Public-health advocates concede that the tightened standards carry at least a $6.5 billion price tag, but the compliance cost will be transfered to consumers. Plus, the supporters claim, the higher prices are "a fair trade-off for the mother who no longer has to rush her asthmatic child to the emergency room and for the elderly person who can enjoy a few more years of life."
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    The legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Ogoni leader who died in defense of his people's land on the Niger delta last November, has been a heightened vigilance among enviornmental activists everywhere. Saro-Wiwa's demands of the Nigerian regime and of Royal/Dutch Shell, the multinational corporation responsible for oil development in Ogoniland led to his execution by Nigeria's military rulers. World Watch examines Saro-Wiwa efforts as well as a subsequent campaign to blacken the activists name. (May/June 1996)
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    This article relates the struggle between enviornmental protection advocates and the lumber industry in California's Headwater Forest. Although the industry began cutting down trees with future in mind, economics soon took over and forests were destroyed at a rapid rate, ruining mountainsides and killing endangered species. Groups such as the Enviornmental Protection Information Center have worked to gain legislation controlling this destruction. Optomists hope that Clinton will become involved in this effort to preserve these resources.