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. 24, No. 1, January-February

Beauty and the Toxic Beast: Cosmetics Are Full of Harmful Ingredients-Here's What to Avoid
Actress Kristen Chenoweth loves her beauty products, but she won't be wearing a certain brand of eyelash extensions anymore. In March, the Emmy-award-winning actress discovered she had an allergy to formaldehyde, which was in the glue used to attach...
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Biking Together
Have you given up on biking because it's just not convenient enough as a working mom or dad, or you fear for your life pedaling alongside busy streets? Or maybe you'd like to bring your bike to work, but the train you commute on won't let you? These...
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Building a Better Building: Seattle's New Bullitt Center Raises the Bar for Green Commercial Buildings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Leave it to Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day back in 1970 and now president of the sustainability oriented Bullitt Foundation, to inspire and commission the greenest commercial building on the planet. Indeed,...
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Building National Support for Biking
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Debate was long and intense on the reauthorization of the multi-year federal transportation bill. At one point, the Republican majority in the House eliminated all funding for bike and pedestrian enhancements. So it seemed...
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Cape Wind Comes Online
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 103. That's how many offshore wind turbines will be sited over a 24-square-mile grid on Nantucket Sound's Horseshoe Shoal about five miles south of Hyannis, Massachusetts. Known as Cape Wind, the offshore wind farm is in its...
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Capturing Nature's Pulse: An Airport Display Finds Nature Blooming-And Changing-In the Unlikeliest of Places
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An airport is one of the last places where you expect to connect with nature. But that's how it goes in California's Silicon Valley. At the Mineta San Jose International Airport, real-time images of a wilderness area less...
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Chemical Crusader Sandra Steingraber
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is the Rachel Carson of our time, albeit a much more public version. She is a biologist who crusades against chemicals, an author; who writes eloquently about their consequences and a poet who interweaves...
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Grading Sustainability: How Do We Know Which Companies Meet Our Standards?
Which company is better for the environment, PepsiCo, Coca Cola, or Hewlett Packard? It would be nice to be able to rank companies, to know exactly which are good stewards of the environment and have beneficial social policies. Sustainability rankings,...
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Local Life Support: Nonprofit Ioby Improves Communities One Crowdfunded Project at a Time
Erin Barnes, executive director of Ioby (ioby.org), the nonprofit fundraising platform for the environment, says of the initiative: "You can take a tax deduction and know you have made a truly valuable investment in your own community" Crowd-funding,...
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Moon Plants
Plants don't need gravity to grow, according to a new study out of the University of Florida (UF). When study authors Anna Lisa Paul and Robert Ferl of UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences monitored images of small, white Arabidopsis thaliana...
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More Cyclones Are Coming
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Satellites that monitor tropical cyclones have only been in use for the past 40 years. Prior to that, researchers used observations from ships and aircraft, but those observations did not include the systematic measurements...
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New Worries for New Yorkers: The Spectra Pipeline under Construction in New York City Poses Serious Dangers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some of the most densely populated areas in Ami erica--including the Tribeca, Chelsea and Meatpacking neighborhoods of lower Manhattan--are in the proposed path of a massive new natural gas pipeline. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
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Ocean Escapes: Enjoy the World's Top Reefs-While Helping to Conserve Them
Dreaming of an ocean getaway? Rather than hop on a ferry or spread out the beach towel, dive into the world's most pristine waters while helping to support conservation efforts. Biosphere Expeditions (biosphereexpeditions.org) is one of the pioneering...
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Pillow Talk: Green Pillow Options from Latex to Wool to Kapok Pod Fluff
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sleeping is a dynamic enterprise. As much as it is rest for the body and mind, it is also a time of activity for both. The brain refreshes. The body moves and rearranges itself, stretching muscles and engaging joints. During...
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Ready to Ride: Biking Is Finally Getting Its Due as One of the Most Efficient Ways for Everyone to Get Around
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The "typical" bike commuter (read young, white, male) is a thing of the past. Meet Sara Armstrong. She and her husband Peter Crumlish have three boys--10-year-old twins Sam and Caleb and 7-yearold Finn. Thanks to an explosion...
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Rebuilding a Chemical Wasteland: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Recovers from Its Toxic Past
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, northeast of Denver, Colorado, looks a lot like other wildlife parks. Graphic storyboards display the site's history in the visitor center, while, in the lobby, a stuffed bison...
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Sales Low, Possibilities High
Jackie Eskin, a computer consultant, enjoys people asking her about her Nissan Leaf. But sales of electric cars such as the Leaf, and hybrid models with gas and electric, totaled only 3-4% of car sales through the first eight months of the year, according...
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Undie Investigation: Small Clothesmakers Take Underwear in Green Directions
Mention the word "organic;' and most people think of food. But organic clothing is also a rapidly growing industry. A small, creative group of eco-minded entrepreneurs are seeking to tap into this burgeoning market by making more environmentally friendly...
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Wines from Healthy Vines: Biodynamic Wines Honor the Land and Taste Great, Too
Conventionally grown grapes carry so many pesticides that they landed at number seven on a list of most-pesticide-laden produce from the Environmental Working Group. Grapes are sprayed with high levels of insecticide to ward off pests. Vineyards then...
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