P617 ORACLE 617 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:12    1/8      by Simon Hardeman THE OWL MEN OF THE FOREST...1 India's owl men are only found in the forest after dark. In some areaq they start their work with prayers to Surkhanda Devi — the headless godde31. Their work is, people believe, helping to starve 350 million people of water and causing ever more frequent landslides in the area known as "the roof of the world" — the Himalayas. Owl men are much in demand, and make a good living. How? By secretly felling trees, that's how. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 WALT DISNEY'S CALL-IN STORY$HME 192 Tech Buzz Line BSVs Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Mon12 Oct C4 1740:11    2/8   p?j=wj5j5    by Simon Hardeman THE OWL MEN OF THE FOREST...2 They're called owl men because they only work at night. They and others like them have pushed India, say experts, to "the brink of an environmental holocaust". If the current rate of tree-felling continues, the country will lose woodland the size of Switzerland in the next five years. At the moment 3.7 million acres are disappearing each year. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Technology & Computer news — see 618 Tech Buzz Line BSVs Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Mon12 Oct C4 1740:00    3/8        by Simon Hardeman THE OWL MEN OF THE FOREST...3 Until recently, the size of the deforestation waq not appreciated. The Indian government thought almost a quarter of the country was forested. But it received its information from forest keepers often in the pay of the illegal tree-fellers. So it had a shock when satellite pictures showing the truth arrived. Not a quarter, but a tenth of India's 812 million acres was wooded. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz hne BSVs Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Mon12 Oct C4 1740:01    4/8       by Simon Hardeman THE OWL MEN OF THE FOREST...4 The effects of Indian deforestation are many The whole Himalayan environment is changing as a result. Snow lines are moving higher. This means age old springs are drying up. Forests draw more rain than cleared areas, too. Wildlife is affected as well as thirsty people. 350 kinds of mammal, 1,200 kinds of bird and 2,000 kinds of insect are known to be threatened, says the Indian governldnt. No-one knows how many more are at risk — or how many have already been lost. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line BSVs Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Mon12 Oct C4 1750:01    5/8       by Simon Hardeman THE OWL MEN OF THE FOREST...5 But the owl men and their like are not just vandals. They are simply responding to market forces (I've heard THAT somewhere before...). Indians need an estmated 133 million tons of firewood and fodder (leaves to feed domestic animals) a xfar. Only 33 million tons are available from state-run outlets. The rest comes from owl men and others who go to the forest and take what they want. As one owl man put it: "You call it the death of a tree. We call it a service to the needy". more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz hne BSVs Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:14    6/8       by Simon Hardeman "ECO-TERRORISTS"...1 That's what US industry is calling a new movement committed to direct action to save the environment. The activists say they have been forced by ranchers, timber-fellers, and miners into striking back rather than just arguing their case. One weapon they have is the spike. They pound it into a tree, which isn't hurt. Saw-blades are shattered by the spike. Then they paint an "S" on the tree to warn fellers (and gals!) to keep off. They also 'phone loggers, or put up signs. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line BSVs Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Mon12 Oct C4 1753:17    7/8       by Simon Hardeman "ECO-TERRORISTS"...2 Unfortunately, a shattering saw-blade tore into a Californian woodmiller's head and neck earlier this year, turning the heat up on the ecology debate. People are careful not to admit to illegal acts, but there is a group called Earth First! which is loudly opposed to damaging the environment. E.F.'s co-founder, Dave Foreman, has written a guide to sabotaging anything from padlocks to power lines called Ecodefense: A Field Guide To Monkeywrenching. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line BSVs Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:52    8/8       by Simon Hardeman "ECO-TERRORISTS"...3 Somf Americans call themqelves "deep ecologists". This means they see themselves as equal organisms with all others on Earth, not dominant. They argue that timber should be allowed to stand so that the Earth's evolution can continue uninterrupted. more >   More Wincey's World on Fri$—x; more Our World on Monday.  Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line BSVs Kids