Environmental Analysis (Pitzer)
Hawaii, geothermal development, environmental issues, rainforest
Walking through Hawai'i's Wao Kele O Puna rainforest, you can hear the coarse volcanic soil crunch underfoot. A surrealistic calm lingers in the thick air while songbirds call out from the understory. Yet this is a forest under siege.
Geothermal developers want to tap the volcanic heat beneath the Wao Kele O Puna forest and use it to make electricity and profits.
© 1990 Paul Faulstich. Posted with permission.
Faulstich, Paul. Hawaii's Hottest issue: Update on Geothermal Development. Earth First! Journal, 10(8):20-21, 1990.