Quick -- what's the third-largest city in Alaska? For all intents and purposes, during the summer, it is the 45,000 people found on the dozens of cruise ships that ply that state's southeastern coastal waters. And the effects of that "city" on the natural environment are indeed urban, in the worst imaginable ways. Cruise Ship Blues By Ross A. Klein New Society, 200 pages, 2002 The average cruise passenger produces 10 gallons of concentrated sewage every day. Before I began to read Cruise Ship Blues: The Underside of the Cruise Industry, Ross Klein's diatribe against pleasure cruises, I had never …
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Hal Clifford is the author of Downhill Slide: Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns, and the Environment. He lives and works in Telluride, Colo.