Ocean Acidification, India's Rivers, Big-Picture Climate Change, and the Battle Over Port Gamble's Forests

Lots of Tuesday Nooze! First, our weekly installment of the EarthFix podcast:

earthfix_logoGo behind the scenes with EarthFix's Katie Campbell and Ashley Ahearn as they share stories about their recent coverage of ocean acidification and the challenges of covering heated public hearings about the largest coal export terminal on the west coast - proposed to be built near Bellingham, WA. "The goal is to get hate mail from people on both sides of the issue, and so far we're doing that." Also, find out how to winterize your home and monitor your energy consumption this season. 

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Next up, two offerings from Public Radio International's The World:

Rhitu ChatterjeeFirst, from Rhitu Chatterjee, a look at hope for the Yamuna River:

Restoring Urban India's Riverbanks

Some Hindus believe that bathing in this sacred river “frees one from the torments of death.” Unfortunately sections of this river are also severely polluted.

Development along the part of this river that passes the city of Delhi, India, has largely destroyed the land’s ability to store water for humans and wildlife.

There’s a glimmer of hope, though regarding the Yamuna River, which is the answer to today’s quiz.

A new “biodiversity park” along a stretch of the river is starting to restore some of the the natural services the landscape used to provide.

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sam eatonAnd from Sam Eaton, a fantastic series on climate change. While we've featured portions of this series over the past few weeks, this posting offers the complete package, which is well worth a look:

Climate Change's Growing Threats

"Superstorm” Sandy might’ve been the loudest, but the warnings about the growing threats from climate change having been coming fast and furious this fall. As part of our collaboration with the PBS program NOVA, Sam Eaton files this series of three reports examining some of the latest research and most pressing concerns... Hear and see more.


josh zaffossarah gilmanAnd finally, the results of lots of hard work, this story in High Country News comes directly from our Puget Sound Institute of 2011. Author Josh Zaffos and editor Sarah Gilman both attended the Institute, and both knew a good story when they saw one: (Please note: you may not be able to read the complete article without a subscription.)

A Washington tribe and a timber company wrestle over a forest's future

S'Klallam_Pope MapThe Indian chief and the timber agent meet near the shores of Port Gamble Bay. The spring air is cool and breezy along this small and sheltered nook of northwest Washington's Puget Sound. Inside the room where the two men sit side-by-side, the atmosphere is civil, yet tense, as they discuss their separate visions for the bay and forests of the Kitsap Peninsula.

One man speaks up: We have investments here and need to protect our assets and our members' interests. The other responds: We have been here a long time, and have history with the land. We've been patient with your demands. We want to protect the forests and the bay.

It sounds like a classic historical encounter between a colonial leader and a tribal chieftain. But this is not the 19th century: It's April 2012, and the man pleading for the land is Jon Rose, president of the property group of Pope Resources, a successor to the timber barons who built an empire here. By the early 1900s, the company controlled much of the forest around the bay and built a corporate fortune, displacing Native Americans from their fishing and hunting grounds. The former hub of the company's operations is a shuttered mill, built on the site of an ancestral Port Gamble S'Klallam village... Read more.

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