The Planet, Winter 2005, Death
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Table of Contents
EXTINCTION by John C. Davies
Although many see species loss as unavoidable, Whatcom County environmental groups work at a local level to combat what some scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction. This extinction is different from the rest because just one species is causing it — humans.
SALMON CEMETERY by Sarah Kuck
When salmon die, their bodies add nutrients to soil and become food for more than 40 species. Because salmon runs have declined and fewer salmon are returning to streams, local groups are trying to mimic nature by distributing dead hatchery fish along stream beds.
NOBODY'S BUSINESS by Andreiv Bernhardt
Environmentally friendly businesses offer alternatives to consumers. Sometimes, though, values conflict with the bottom line, compromising the life of a business.
RENDERED INVISIBLE by Darcey Maher
Rendering, or the process of turning inedible animal parts into products people use every day is referred to as ''the silent industry'' because not many people know about it. Rendering facilities turn animal parts into ingredients that appear in everything from animal feed to shampoo to explosives.
DYING ASPIRATIONS by Evan McLean
Forty years ago, the environmental movement brought about radical change. Recent lobbying efforts have achieved little in comparison. Some see a chance for new life in the death of the movement.
WANTED. . . DEAD OR ALIVE? by Erik Peterson
In the North Cascades, the mountain goat population is on a 40-year decline. Across Puget Sound, the goat population in Olympic National Park, where they are not native, is thriving. While scientists try to understand the decline in the North Cascades, Olympic National Park officials are pushing to eradicate the goats in the park.
BURYING TRADITION by Gig Schlkh
Without the use of cremation, coffins or embalming, green burial is gaining respect as an environmentally friendly alternative to the conventional techniques of caring for the dead.
MANURE-ABLE ENERGY by Greg Bachmeier
A local farm uses its methane digester to extract energy from a resource that, while plentiful in Whatcom County, has previously been a dead end.
OIL-FUELED RESPONSE by Tessa Gardner-Brown
Clean Sound Cooperative Inc., along with other groups that respond to oil spills, practices techniques and develops new equipment to improve its responses, which could be the difference between life and death for marine ecosystems.
FIRE TO FLOWERS by Emily Nuchok
For years, prairie ecosystems in the San Juan Islands thrived with the periodic jolt of wildfire. Now, burning restrictions and other factors are reshaping the landscape.
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