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The Planet, Fall 2008



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Publication Date

Fall 2008


Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies

Editor in Chief

Linroth, Emily A.


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Jenny R. Lara; Associate Editors: Natasha T.R. Walker, Brett A. Williams; Science Editors: Sylvia Graham, Clay Bailes; Assistant Editors: Emily Linroth, Jenny Lara, Yuki Nakajima; Lead Designer: Ryan Scott; Designer: Amy Diehl; Web Designer: Ryan Scott; Photographers: Cassi Gallagher, Andriy Semenyuk, Sita Thompson; Reporters: Amy Meyer, Peter Pearsall, Celia Jackson, Doug Naftz, Cody Gillin, Carly Crabb, Kim Gladow, Michelle McRory

Photography Editor

Linder, Elizabeth


Dietrich, William

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by The Planet and Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Table of Contents

Paving Pura Vida: How Tourism is Changing the Face of Costa Rica

Costa Rica, one of the world's favorite eco-travel destinations, is losing its reputation as a model for rainforest conservation. Foreign retirees, resort bums and celebrities searching for the perfect beach bungalow are part of a new kind of tourism-one threatening the quality of life for Costa Rican humans and animals.

Dereliction of Doody

Unscooped pet waste isn't simply fertilizer. Rain and bacteria conspire to break down poop and leach its pathogenic constituents into surface waters, polluting watersheds and imperiling humans and wildlife alike.

On Shaky Ground! Redeveloping Bellingham's Waterfront

Western is poised to extend its campus to the waterfront, but geologists warn that further study is needed to address environmental hazards. Can the new Huxley building be safely built in an area scientists say could be the site of a major earthquake?

Recession's Green Lining

Are you pinched for pennies? The recession's impact on consumption and resource use may have long-term positive results for the environment.

Kangaroo: It's What's for Dinner

Could replacing moo-burgers with roo-burgers help slow global warming? Scientists in Australia propose eating kangaroo instead of beef and lamb as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock industry.

Local V. Organic: How to be a Label-savvy Consumer

Organic produce is reportedly better than conventional for both the environment and our health. However, farmers and consumers are finding their pocketbooks worn thin from the higher costs, causing the demand for local produce to rise.

Surpassing the Torch

Every four years, one city takes on the pressure of hosting the largest winter sporting event in the world. During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver plans to set an International legacy that extends beyond sport and culture to include environmental sustainability.

The Clean Green Advertising Scheme

The "go green" phenomenon has flooded the shelves with products claiming to be better for the environment. The new trend takes advantage of consumers. Don't be a victim of greenwashing—find ways to see through the hype.




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

Document Type


Subject-Topical (LCSH)

Human ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals; Ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Huxley College of the Environment--Students--Periodicals


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