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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. 19, No. 6, November-December

A Case for Eco-Fashion: Eco-Couture Is Changing Fashion for the Better
Change, at least in fashion, starts at the top. Maggie Norris, a couturier who designs with gorgeous vintage and antique fabrics, has dressed the likes of Nicole Kidman, Diane Keaton, Mischa Barton and Halle Berry. She says, Seeing eco in high-level...
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Behind the Greens: The Bowerbirds
Phil Moore and Beth Tacular have given up on the human world. In the backwoods of North Carolina, they live in an Airstream trailer with no electricity or plumbing, the nearest town about 15 minutes away. This Walden-like existence is perfect for creating...
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Beneficial Bags: Saving the Earth, One Tote at a Time
It's estimated that the average person uses 500 plastic bags per year and recycles only four or five of them. With over 500 billion plastic bags discarded every year, it's no wonder that the demand for an alternative is skyrocketing. And your purchase...
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Can You Dig It?
Dear EarthTalk: I've heard that increasing eco-awareness around the world has now extended itself to the afterlife, so even burials can be "green." Is that true?--Mary Lewis, Duxbury, MA Modern burial practices are arguably absurd: We pack our early...
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Environmental Education
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If the cuffed polar bear sitting in a giant electric chair didn't convince enough students en route to their classes last January, the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) is getting another chance this February. And...
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E's Top 10 Eco Celebs
The massive shift toward environmental consciousness has definitely landed in Hollywood. Myrlia Purcell of celebrity-philanthropy blog www.looktothestars.org, says, "There is definitely a 'greening' trend in Hollywood, which seems to be in part because...
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Green Living Deluxe: How the Environmental Movement Went Way, Way Upscale
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Environmental bad tidings make us nervous. But buying the latest organic, eco-friendly, all-natural, locally grown, bamboo, hybrid, post-consumer-recycled, solar-powered, BPA-free, non-toxic, energy-efficient, sustainable,...
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How Not to Save a Beach: Beach Nourishment in the Age of Big Development
Trying to save an eroding beach is not a new concept. Since the early twentieth century, the desire to live near the sea has driven multi-billion-dollar development and tourism. There were breakwaters built to eliminate wave action, sea walls to stop...
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Hybrid Hype: The Basic Disconnect of Luxury Hybrids (Especially If They're SUVs)
When it comes to hybrid vehicles, there's only one big winner: Toyota. The company has 80% of the U.S. hybrid market, and the majority of those sales are the brilliantly designed Prius. The four-door Prius caught on both because of its incredible...
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Made in Maui: Sampling Farm-Fresh Island Delights
Most travelers to Maui take roads west, away from the airport in Kahului and toward sun, sea and sand, where high-rise hotels meet crowded boardwalks. But bearing east, the 42-mile road to Hana pulls drivers through 600 hairpin turns, down into verdant...
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My Green House If Bigger Than Yours: Mega-Mansions Are Going Green, at Least a Little
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Want to know why owners of 10,000-plus square-feet second homes are building greener? Guilt. "It's part of a guilt complex," says Frank Dalene, the vice president and chief financial officer of Hamptons Luxury Homes. "They...
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OM for an Hour: Luxe Relaxation without the Guilt
Best All-Around Eco Spa The Spa and Wellness Center Brooklyn, New York (718)921-6100 www.greenspany.com Ten years ago, Sheila Brody began with an 8 ft. x 10 ft. massage studio. Today, she and her sister Maureen manage an oasis of calm...
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Rich Enough to Offset: Do Voluntary Carbon Markets Promote Luxury Emissions?
Al Gore caught a lot of flack last year from conservative pundits when it was reported that his monthly energy bill was about 20 times higher than that of the typical American home. Adding to these headlines were accounts of his regular excursions...
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Salts of the Earth: Chefs Weigh in on This Ancient Seasoning
"Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea."--Pythagoras (580 BC-500 BC) We're all familiar with the tiny, white crystals in the saltshaker. But while salt has been used to season and preserve food since prehistory, refined salt...
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Shopping Our Way Green?
Leave it to Madison Avenue to turn all the newfound public interest in the environment into a shopping trip--and a pricey, one at that. I suppose it's the only wax., environmental protection can be permitted to exist alongside capitalism, which has...
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Solar Industry Heats Up: The Technology Is Here, but Not the Investment
Aided by rising fossil fuel prices, interest in solar power is at an all-time high. And the cost of solar cells continues to drop, thanks to greater efficiency and thinner silicon wafers that use fewer raw materials. Where once solar energy was relegated...
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Sustainable Clubbing: Around the U.S., Dance Clubs Are Making Green Moves
The average dance club uses 150,000 watts of electricity. And while we cant place the blame for global warming on the shoulders of their sweaty, dancing masses, these clubs could be doing more--reducing bottle and cup waste, conserving energy used...
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Taking Our Own Inventory: Gus Speth on Capitalism and the Environmental Community
"The planet cannot sustain capitalism as we know it," That sentence crops up throughout James Gustave ("Gus") Speths latest book, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (Yale University...
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The Missing Gas
Nitrogen Trifluoride (N[F.sub.3]) has been termed the "missing greenhouse gas," with a global warming potential over 17,000 times greater than C[O.sub.2] in a hundred-year period. The research was published in June 2008 in Geophysical Research Letters...
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The Woodstove's Big Comeback: Cleaner-Burning, Energy-Saving Woodstoves Are Getting a Second Look
Between 1973 and 1980, the price of crude oil increased sevenfold. Many homeowners wondered how they would heat their homes if prices continued to climb. Wood heat, long a home-heating fuel in the far north, began to sound like a good idea for the...
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Three Digits: The 350 Campaign Has Global Warming's Number
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Skier Bode Miller is wearing the bright-green sweatband. Cyclist Adam Craig sports one. Surfers, speed skaters and hockey players have picked up on the trend. And if Andrew Gardner reaches his goal, exactly 350 world-famous...
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To Call or Not to Call? the Ongoing Cell Phone Safety Debate
In 1984, consumers flocked to buy the first mobile phones available to the public. The technology had been developed by the Department of Defense, but the cell phones had never been specifically tested for safety. It was reasoned that the devices emitted...
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