National Geographic : 2009 Dec
LETTERS Kamchatka Salmon While Kamchatka may have the ﬁrst whole-basin Paciﬁc salmon reserve, Alaska has a more advanced Sustainable Salmon Fisheries Policy. But both are under similar siege. I hope both governments will ultimately decide that “ﬁsh come ﬁrst.” GEORGE MATZ Fritz Creek, Alaska The village of Khailino may be isolated, but its residents sure make an effort to keep in touch with the rest of the world. I noticed an interesting detail in the picture on pages 48-9. Behind the lineup of microwave dishes, a huge array of yagi antennas can be seen. This means that this may be the home of a radio amateur who communicates worldwide with fellow hams by bouncing his radio transmissions off the moon (known as Earth-Moon- Earth, or EME). Due to highly sophisticated equipment and special technical and opera- tional know-how, less than one percent of the world’s radio amateurs are able to operate in this mode. ERNST C. WILLERT Niederkassel, Germany The Big Idea: Shading the Earth As a dermatologist, I’m all for sunscreens. But launching trillions of sun-deﬂecting disks into space to combat global warming? I think most folks would call this unconscionable cosmic litter, the scope of which is simply beyond sanity. Changing human behavior means preaching less personal, institutional, and political greed. A competitive society equates success with acquisition and growth. Living within means, with an eye toward simple sustainability and with respect for the Earth? We need to go there: as families, as a country, and as a global community. LISA A. PAWELSKI Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania This may sound like a good idea, but what are we going to ©2009 Discover Bank, Member FDIC 1-800-DISCOVER Discover.com Discover® gives you a Cashback Bonus® on every single purchase. What you do with it is up to you. What will you get back with your cash back?