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. 19, No. 2, March-April

A Leafy Retreat: Treehouses Provide Communion with Nature
The deserted summertime nest of a New Hampshire field mouse, a mound of woodchips and chewed cloth, once plugged the stovepipe of a treehouse abode. It's the happy co-existence with the natural world that happens with treehouse living. "Abundant natural...
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Artificial Turf Wars
Both athletes and environmentalists agree that artificial turf playing fields provide a good, green alternative to grass. Here's why: artificial turf doesn't need fertilizer or pesticide-intensive upkeep. It also doesn't suffer as much from the wear...
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Before They're Ready: Toxins and TV Could Be Leading Kids to Early Puberty
Since the 1996 publication of Theo Colburn's seminal Our Stolen Future, scientific research into the possible causes of early puberty has increased dramatically. And with good reason--early puberty has a strong association with increased rates of breast...
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Big Ideas: College Students Create Their Own Sustainable Solutions
A thermal solar network using parabolic reflectors and old car parts. A oat that filters its own wastewater, has on-site wind power and educates passengers about the polluted waterway on which it floats. A car that runs on natural gas from local dairy...
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Burning Down the House (and Trees): Fire Spending Overwhelms Forest Service Budget
"The trees are turning red and dying, and the public expects us to do something about it," says Phil Bowden, a specialist with the White River National Forest in Colorado. Bowden now spends almost all of his time studying the bark beetle outbreak--which...
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Cleaner, Greener U.: Students Are Driving the Campus Climate Movement, Fighting Big Coal and Putting Legislators on Notice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Climate change is our generation's civil rights movement," says Brianna Cayo Cotter, communications director for the Energy Action Coalition, swilling from a tall cup of coffee. Cotter talked fast and raked her fingers through...
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Curing Congestion: Variable Toll Pricing Gets Cars off the Road
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A cross the country; air quality in big cities suffers from an onslaught of daily commuters in cars. Some government officials are tackling traffic congestion head on. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a congestion...
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Debunking Desalination: The "Miracle Process" That Can't Cure the World's Water Woes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With population growing and fresh Water resources running dry, desalination seems like the perfect solution to the world's increasing thirst. Just take some sea water, or brackish water from an underground source, and remove...
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From Pouches to Couches
Dear EarthTalk: Tuna and pet foods that were sold only in cans are now also available in "'pouches." Is this kind of packaging less harmful to the environment or just cheaper to make?--Stefanie Galdolfi, Oakland, CA Food pouches, which are made...
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Going with the Flow: Colleges Get Serious about Saving Water
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Colleges and universities consume huge quantities of water through dorms, cafeterias, athletic facilities and in maintaining their rolling green grounds. Recognizing the impact they have on a fast-dwindling resource, many...
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Great Lakes Invaders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Every year, the St. Lawrence Seaway welcomes hundreds of foreign freighters carrying steel to Great Lakes ports. But these "salties," as the oceangoing ships are called, often bring a less-welcome cargo. Since the Seaway began...
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Green U
I wasn't a very enlightened college student and, like many today, I spent most of my out-of-class time partying until all hours of the morning. I was almost totally detached from ecological or social issues of any kind. I read The Greening of America...
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Happy Feet: Children's Footwear Takes an Eco-Turn
Kids outgrow shoes at an alarming rate. And gone are the days of the all-white walking hoes that live on as bronzed bookends or pencil holders. Kids' shoes are a quickly expanding market, filled with mini adult versions of" everything from flip-flops...
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Iceland's Abundance of Energy: Can Iceland Build a Future on Hydrogen and Geothermal?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "We see Iceland as the rids laboratory for a decarbonized future, says Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir, the country s foreign minister and former mayor of Reykjavik. Of course, many countries say similar things, but Iceland has...
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Lost in the Amazon: Project Baggage Pioneers "Community-Based Tourism" in Brazil
Wading in muck up to the rims of his black rubber boots, Manoel dos Santos proudly showed off his tall palms of acai (pronounced ah-sie-ee), the deliciously bitter Amazonian berry that American health food stores tout as a miracle fruit. "Ten years...
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Our Mutual Friends: Separating the True Green Funds from the Pack
Clean-tech stocks have been public market players for a couple of years and the theme for 2007 was the entry of green funds. Every major fund manager is adding one of these to fill out the prospectus. It's great news, because it will bring awareness...
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The ABC's of Unrelenting Waste
Last June, the aluminum industry reported that the 2006 recycling rate for aluminum beverage cans (known as ABCs) was 51.6 percent. Slightly better than half of ABC cans are recycled today, but it s a figure hardly worth boasting about. In the 1990s...
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The Green Nitty Gritty: Whittling Down the College List
With all the posh accoutrements on campuses today, students are as likely to choose a school for its gourmet food and weight rooms as for its academic programs. The green-minded student has just as many factors to consider when facing the mountain...
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The High Cost of Coal-to-Liquids
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, more than a century's worth of coal mining has soiled the landscape. After hundreds of mining companies processed the coal, they left behind mountains of scraps that stick out like black...
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The New Super Foods: High Energy Organics Hit the Shelves
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We are a fast-paced nation of convenience, always searching for a quick energy boost through a cup of coffee, energy bar or fast acting energy drink. And the latest trend is all-natural "super-foods." Zach Adelman, vice-president...
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