30 Jan '12, 12pm

A Plea for Southern Treasures

A Plea for Southern Treasures

Ron Lowery A planned four-lane highway between Chattanooga, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C., threatens the Chilhowee Mountain area in the Cherokee National Forest, an environmental group says. The Southern Environmental Law Center, a Virginia-based nonprofit legal advocacy group, has released its 2012 list of the Top 10 endangered places in the Southeast, environmentally speaking. While the list changes from year to year, certain places like the Chesapeake Bay remain a top concern — and issues like pollution from coal-fired power plants and the protection of public lands and old-growth forests are recurring themes. While the list only considers six states, the issues raised by each site resonate nationally, and even globally. Alabama’s coast. For the second year running, the coastline made it on the list. Still recovering from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of April 2010, the ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/a-plea-for-sout...

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