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. 17, No. 4, July-August

CDs Play a New Tune
It's a cold and rainy spring day, and Craig Minowa is stomping around in his bare feet. Beside him, his band Cloud Cult roars through some old and new favorites for a small but dedicated crowd of Connecticut college students. This isn't just your...
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Chemical Consequences
Here's a story about an odd benefit of global warming (at least in terms of local people's health): A five-year drought in Mexico has brought an end to farming for many people, replacing heavy use of agricultural chemicals with ranching. Anthropologist...
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Circuit Overload: Schools Waste $1.5 Billion in Energy Costs Every Year
Have you ever driven by a school in your community at night and seen the lights blazing, when you know the building is empty? Do you wonder how much money and energy that wastes? The United States Department of Energy has an answer for you, sort...
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Flashing Lights: Danger: Polluting School Bus Ahead
Every day millions of parents put their children on big yellow school buses, trusting that they will be healthy and safe on their route to school. The fact is, however, that the 24 million kids who ride buses an average of an hour and a half every...
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Flooding the Grassroots: Gulf Green Groups Assess the Damage-And Make Some Modest Gains
Gulf Coast residents, already faced with some of the nations toughest environmental challenges, didn't really need Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to emphasize their vulnerability. Environmental groups in the region are short on paid staff but long...
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Flower Power: The Medicinal Properties of Popular Plants
Gardening is the world's most popular and enduring recreational activity, feeding the spirit and the body, reducing dependence on the florist and the supermarket, and, when done organically, curtailing the use of toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizers....
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Forever Wild in Alabama
In 1992, Alabama faced a unique situation--a surplus of income from offshore drilling. Voters overwhelmingly backed a plan that would use the money to save the state's rapidly vanishing landscape. The program was called Forever Wild and since its...
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Greening Up the Downline: Multi-Level Marketing Comes of Age
Since the 1950s, multi-level marketing (MLM) companies like Amway have sold billions of dollars worth of products to consumers through independent individual distributors, who take a cut on every sale they make as well as on the sales of other "downline"...
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How Green Is That Garden? with Oil Revenue, Venezuela Is Pushing Organic Agriculture
In the heart of the fast-paced city of Caracas, Venezuela, Norali Verenzuela is standing in a garden dressed in jeans and work boots. She is the director of the state-initiated Organoponico Bolivar I, the first urban, organic garden to show its...
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Mining Casts a Dark Shadow and the New Hummer Rolls into Town
Several tragic accidents recently brought to light the dangers of mining. What are the environmental impacts of mining, including their long-term effects on public and worker health?--Ed Kelley, Albuquerque, NM Mining is an inherently nasty practice...
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Natural Aging: Going Gently into the Golden Years
In this, the year Paul McCartney turns 64, a new wave of senior citizens is upon us. Don't use that term, though. "Seasoned citizens," is the new label du jour for aging Baby Boomers and members of the "Silent Generation?' And it's true: look at...
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No Whining
The global warming "points of light" featured in this issue represent a start--and just a start--in our epic journey to confront and turn around the, massive climatic changes that are already underway around the world. As you'll see, in the absence...
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Points of Light: The World Wakes Up to Climate Change
There are 60,000 square feet of solar panels on San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, enough to power 675 houses, and all new municipal buildings in the city by the bay must comply with U.S. Green Building Council standards. In Portland, Oregon,...
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Silent Spring: What's Happening to Honey Bees?
On a warm April morning, John Keeley's farm southeast of Portland, Oregon is lively with sound. His two dogs bark as they dash around the farm's dark wooden buildings; his sheep and lambs bleat as they waddle across rolling green fields. Birds twitter,...
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Softer Drinks: Natural Sodas without the Sugar Overdose
Soft drinks can be found almost anywhere in the world, but nowhere are they as ubiquitous as the U.S., where 450 different types are sold and more than 2.5 million vending machines dispense sugar-sweetened beverages around the clock. The American...
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Tax Relief for Organic Growers
In a turn away from chemical-intensive farming, countries around the world are adopting policies to support conversions to organic agriculture. Whether wealthy, like Italy, or poor, like Thailand, governments are digging up ways to help growers...
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The Power of the Proxy: Bringing Change One Vote at a Time
In the wake of corporate scandals at Enron and elsewhere, stock market investors are becoming increasingly aware of the power of voting their "proxies" (something like absentee ballots) to help steer corporate decision-making. Anyone who owns a...
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Top Ten Rules of Eco-Travel: How to Make a Difference When You Go
Planning your next vacation? How about Nicaragua? Or Cambodia? What about Borneo? All of these destinations have thrown their names into the tourism market, thanks in large part to ecotourism, which the New York Times called "the buzzword of 2006."...
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