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. 21, No. 6, November-December

5 Questions of Enviromental Leaders: Behind the Greens: Author and Food Activist John Robbins
5 questions of environmental leaders John Robbins grew up in Southern California with a mapped-out future: His father was Irv Robbins of ice cream giant Baskin-Robbins, and was grooming him to take over the family business. But John had a change...
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Eatin' Alive: A Roundup of Leading Raw Food Restaurants
Raw food (also known as "live" food) is uncooked and unprocessed fare that includes a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. In order to qualify as raw, food cannot be warmed more than 115[degrees]F, and while animal products like eggs, meat...
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Embracing Small Wind: Homeowners Are Investing in Backyard Turbines-And Reaping the Benefits
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For David Stickle, it was easy. He paid $4,250 for a popular Skystream 3.7 wind turbine on eBay and affixed it to the top of an existing tower. As an industrial mechanic, he could manage all his own electrical and structural...
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Eword: The Simple Things. (Letter from the Editor)
Until now, green building has focused on the big, exciting renewable energy features. The solar panels. The wind turbines. The underground geothermal heating and cooling units. Not to knock these innovative ways to produce home energy (in fact, we've...
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Feeding the Faith: Religious Orders Are Growing Vegetables, Raising Cows and Making Cheese in the Name of the Spirit
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On a clear, sunny morning in July, Mother Augusta Collins stands in front of a cattle barn and calls to a herd of Belted Galloway cattle. Within moments, simultaneous, foghorn-like moos respond from a nearby field. The impressive,...
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Giving with Benefits: Leave a Meaningful This Season
For most Americans, the holiday season brings the unwanted gift of financial stress. According to the National Retail Foundation, the average American consumer spent over $600 on holiday-related shopping in 2009. The season of giving has become the...
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Great Solar Gadgets: The Best Assemble-Your-Own Solar-Powered Toys
Racecars, boats, planes and animal gadgets are fun toys for kids. But they usually require batteries--producing waste in the process--a prospect that s no good for your wallet or the planet. Pretty much any motorized toy can be powered by a built-in...
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Hormone Therapy Heats Up: Celebrities, Controversies and Natural Alternatives
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also known as menopausal hormone therapy, a treatment designed to combat the discomforts of menopause, is officially a hot topic. It's been championed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, discussed...
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Just Add Body Heat: The New Passive Houses Are So Energy-Efficient, They Make Heating and Cooling Practically Irrelevant
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For Hunter Duplantier, the futuristic-looking house that went up last winter on the edge of the University of Louisiana campus in Lafayette stood out among its traditional-looking neighbors. It's built like a loft, tall and...
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Lava Land: Exploring the Earth's Underbelly at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
If you think Hawaii is all beach bums and Mai Tais, look no further than Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The active and unpredictable 333,086-acre park is a fascinating--and humbling--up-close look at the earth's underbelly. Hiking over the steaming...
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Losing Plants and Farming Fish
Dear EarthTalk: Someone recently told me that there was a worldwide crisis pertaining to the extinction of plants. Can you enlighten? --Max Blanchard, East Islip, NY The health of the plant kingdom is crucial to the health of the planet and the...
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Reaching the Masses: Radio Shows Abroad Are Connecting People with Health, Environment and Population Issues, Now, They're Coming to Hollywood
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Darkness falls over Rwanda. All across the country, thousands of people switch on their radios and tune in to Umurage Urukwiye ("Rwanda's Brighter Future"), a popular broadcast soap opera. They listen as the main character,...
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The MIT Press
Blowout in the Gulf THE BP OIL DISASTER AND THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IN AMERICA By William R. Freudenburg and Robert Gramling [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How a chain of failures, missteps, and bad decisions led to America's biggest environmental...
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The Moral Climate
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What most distresses me is the 30 years we've wasted by asking people to live sustainably. In high school in the early 1970s, having grappled with terrible air pollution, oil embargoes, and the tyranny of Big Energy, we knew...
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The Question of LEED: Why the Country's Leading Green Building Certification May Be Inherently Flawed
A dust-up between the nonprofit that certifies "green" buildings and a nonprofit focused on human health ed to a blunt, though mostly collegial, exchange and meeting at Yale University. A report in May from Connecticut-based Environment & Human...
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Warmth Worn Well: The Perfect Winter Coat Is Many Things-Stylish, Sturdy and Sustainable
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A winter coat is a wardrobe workhorse--and its first job is keeping us warm. How warm depends on whether you are braving the streets of New York City, Chicago or Boston, or just keeping the chill out in L.A. or Atlanta. Following...
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