Our planet and its people are in peril. Diminishing fresh water supplies, destruction of forests, polluted air, species extinction at an unparalleled rate, and a toxic petrochemical environment are all clear signals that things are going seriously haywire. And climate change, the impacts of which are already evidenced at an accelerating pace, threatens environmental devastation on an almost incomprehensible scale. Rising sea levels will overwhelm island states, low lying countries such as Bangladesh, and many of the coastal areas where the world's population is concentrated. Climate change will bring more disease outbreaks, including new diseases and variants of existing ones for which there is no treatment.
This month on the Recovery Zone, Stephanie Potter visits with the Pixie Project, an innovative animal rescue center and nonprofit pet supply store in NE Portland. Dogs are socialized at the on site Virginia Woof Doggy Day Care, and cats doze and play in a large sunny cattery. The center collaborates with animal shelters throughout the region and also provides job training to at-risk youth in collaboration with Outside In. Music by Kevin McLeod.
On the Columbia, sea lions have moved in because of Salmon struggling to make it up the dams. In order to protect the Salmon population from Sea Lions looking for an easy meal, the state has begun executing Sea Lions who frequent the location.
Some feel that the Sea Lions are being unfairly killed. Peter Shoaf talked to one such individual:
Conservationists and fishermen are optomistic the Obama administration will follow the instructions of US District Judge James Redden and take a new scientific approach to protecting Colombia River Salmon.
KBOO’s Brendan Grubb, in conjunction with the Oregon News Service, has more
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