Rosemary Jenkins: Thousands of jobs are being lost to the drought. At least 10,000 agriculture-related jobs per year have disappeared and another 10,000 from the “spill-over” effect have occurred.
Joe Mathews: Between severe drought and predictions of massive flooding, the forecast is bleak.
Jack Eidt: Though the Rim Fire of 2013 was the third largest conflagration in California’s history, it has improved the ecological health of the forest, while the majority of the iconic landscapes of Yosemite National Park remain unscathed. However, a salvage logging plan now under review by the US Forest Service does put in danger the regenerating effects of the fire.
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Wa;ter Moss: The destruction, personal suffering, and tragedies caused by our recent Hurricane Sandy were not a repeat of the 1930s’ Dust Bowl, but they were close enough to remind us that we have ignored at our peril a basic historical lesson: Screw up the environment badly enough and it’ll come back to blow you away with a vengeance.
Dan Bacher: Decades of over-irrigation of toxic, saline soils in the district has also contaminated much of the shallow and deep groundwater in the district.
Steve Hochstadt: Until recently, nobody knew that the unprecedented wealth of American society carried extreme dangers for our own future. Our modern lifestyles of consumption are slowly killing the planet.