E Magazine

A consumer magazine publishing news, information and commentary on environmental issues. Content includes international and domestic environmental news, feature articles, and a guide to green living. Addresses such subjects as recycling, food safety, air

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, March-April

A New Approach to Oceans: Is Marine Spatial Planning Too Good to Be True?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On July 19, 2010, President Obama issued an Executive Order that spoke to the need for integrated ocean governance, and that identifies "marine spatial planning" (MSP) as the primary vehicle to get there. The order arose from...
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Bounty in a Box: Community Supported Agriculture Lets You Share in Fresh Farm Offerings - Here's How to Make the Most of It
So you're thinking of joining a Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA--supporting local farmers and receiving a weekly bounty of fresh vegetables and other foodstuffs in the process. The only problem--you're not sure you'll be able to make...
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Bring Your Own Bicycle: America's Top 5 Bike-Friendly Cities
Bike-friendliness doesn't just happen It's the result of grassroots advocacy and urban planning. Here's a look at five American cities where planning and enthusiasm for bikes equals great rides for you and your family. 1. Portland, Oregon. This...
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By the Numbers: Food Miles
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1,500 miles. That's the average number of miles it reportedly takes for your dinner to get from the farm to your table. Featured in Newsweek, TIME Magazine and The New York Times, this number has contributed to a growing local...
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Devoted to Water
Hair and skincare company Aveda takes their environmental commitments seriously-so much so that they celebrate all of April as "Earth Month" as opposed to the single Earth Day (April 22). The company's main concern is the shortage of clean water in...
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Down to Earth: A Q&A with Actor, Activist and Author Ed Begley, Jr
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As an actor, Ed Begley, Jr., has appeared in countless films including Woody Allen's Whatever Works and Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen--but it's in depicting his own life as an activist and green living expert on the HGTV...
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Fairness in Waste
This year, Earth Day (April 22) is focused on "A Billion Acts of Green," the personal commitments that, taken together, add up to major reductions in energy, waste and pollution. One of the top such pledged commitments is to recycle. Pretty easy, as...
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Flat-Screens Gone Green: Which High-Tech TVs Will Stretch Your Kilowatts the Farthest?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Televisions rank among the most-used appliances in American homes. In 2008 the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that we used 10l billion kilowatt hours of power--7.3% of our total residential electricity usage--watching...
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For the Love of the Apples: A Movement to Save Heirloom Apples - and Protect Food Diversity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The apple tree was perhaps the last of its kind. Rooted in upstate New York, it produced an apple called the Bunker Hill. The A fruit was orangey-red, streaked, spotted and speckled-and, according to apple literature, unseen...
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Green Credit Rewards: Credit Cards That Come with Environmental Benefits
Eco-friendly credit cards are coming of age. Over the last few years, banks have been greening their operations, rolling out initiatives like paperless banking and offering rewards for eco-friendly purchases. Many credit cards are now co-branded with...
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Hit the Deck: The Greenest Decking Options, Real or Composite
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Becks are the quintessential outdoor living room--defined and tidy, but open to fresh air and the sky. Whether you're building yours from scratch or refinishing an old deck, consider making it a green project by using materials...
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In Europe, EPR Is the Law
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) has a long history in Europe, where it has moved from concept to established law. The idea of EPR was developed by Swedish professor Thomas Lindhqvist, who wrote about "waste-conscious product development" in...
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Lost in the Labels: Deciphering Food Labels, from "Grassfed" to "Hormone-Free"
You're standing in the grocery isle, faced with a choice. Free-range chicken or a hormoneee bird? Organic coffee or fair trade coffee? You re not alone. These days, packages come plastered with label claims designed to pull at your green strings. So...
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Puddle Jumpers: The Best Rubber - and Recycled - Rain Boots
April showers bring ... the need for waterproof footwear. While rain boots have become a ubiquitous fashion accessory in all types of weather, many are still composed of polyvinyl chloride plastic (known as PVC or vinyl), cancer-causing chemicals that...
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Seeking an Energy Miracle: The Traveling Wave Reactor Runs on Nuclear Waste - at Least in Theory
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We need "energy miracles" to combat political inaction on climate change said Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at the 2010 TED conference--a conference of inspirational speakers spreading ideas broadly related to technology,...
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Spotlight on EPR: Bill Sheehan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bill Sheehan cofounded the Product Policy Institute (PPI) with Helen Spiegelman in 2003, and serves as its executive director. In his work at PPI, he tackles waste from every angle--from championing waste-reduction methods...
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The Amazing Shrinking City: Can Smart Decline Improve Urban Life?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, residents are prying up concrete and planting trees as part of a broad endeavor to reclaim open space in their neighborhoods. The effort, called Reimagining Cleveland, may sound like an average...
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This Climate Is Bad for Our Health
"For more than ten thousand years, the planet's climate has been relatively stable," write Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber in Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can do About It (University of California...
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Waste Not: Better Standards Are in the Works to Keep Products and Packaging out of Landfills - but They're in Danger of Being Hijacked by the Beverage Industry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Can something be moving forward and backwards at the same time? It's happening with extended producer responsibility (EPR), which is an evolution of recycling that places the of taking back waste on the companies that created...
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