An Appalachian Tragedy by Harvard Ayers (Editor), Charles E.
Little (Editor), Jenny Hager (Editor).
Weakened by decades
of air pollution that have brought acid rain, deadly smog, and
excess nitrogen, and by cell-destroying ultraviolet rays from a
thinning ozone layer, the magnificent Appalachian forests are no
longer able to fight off the bugs, blights, and bad weather that
afflict forests everywhere. Instead, in these mountains, the
trees are dying in unprecedented numbers - with death and
decline affecting virtually all species in every part of the
range. Yet relatively few people are aware of this ecological
calamity in the making, due in large part to the efforts of the
forest products industry, and their advocates in government, to
downplay the crisis by manipulating statistics and confusing the
issue. An Appalachian Tragedy sets the record straight. Drawing
on the talents of an authoritative and distinguished group of
writers, including an award-winning historian, a top acid-rain
scientist, and an eminent environmental journalist, this book
documents the damage that has already been done and warns of the
fearful consequences for the future. Complex issues connected
with tree mortality in the mountains, including threats to
wildlife and to the cultural survival of the human communities
of the Appalachians, are eloquently explored here.
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