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. 1, January-February

A California Cluster: Studying Pesticides and Autism in One California Community
Pesticides may be added to the growing list of possible autism triggers. A group of scientists in California examined the statistics on autism and proximity to agricultural fields. They obtained data from the state on pesticide application and autism...
An Easy Choice
AN EASY CHOICE With An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate AI Gore inarguably brought the climate crisis into mainstream consciousness. A common criticism of the book and film has been, however, that it raised more questions...
Are the Games Really Green? the Vancouver Winter Olympics' Search for Sustainability
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since Salt Lake City staged the first carbon-neutral Winter Olympics in 2002, every subsequent Olympics has claimed to be the next "greenest"--Athens 2004, Torino 2006, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012. Each Olympics...
Behind the Greens: 5 Questions of Environmental Leaders
At a typical tennis match, a player uses a new can of balls just once. After the match, the used balls wind up in a practice basket or ball machine, but it's not long before they're bound for the landfill. Rebounces, an Arkansas-based company founded...
California Greenin': Green Gems along the California Coast
"We're fortunate, indeed," piped Captain Bill over the loudspeakers for Hornblower Cruises in San Diego, California. "We have 15-mile visibility and calm seas. It will make spotting Gray whales easy." Within minutes of reaching open water, my wife,...
Car Talk & Bed Bugs
Dear EarthTalk: Celebrities are shelling out big bucks for cutting-edge green cars like the Tesla Roadster. But what are the rest of us--who live in the budget-constrained real world--to do about buying a new car that does right by the environment?...
Designing the Future: The 10 Best Green Tech Innovations of 2009
It's always exciting to spotlight "green" innovations that could change how we view and live in the world. Thanks to the breathtaking pace of development, many items that appeared to be science fiction at the beginning of this decade have become prototypes...
Digging Deep
Autism rates have reached epic proportions in recent years--and the numbers continue to climb. Yet the majority of autism research still focuses on genetics, not environmental toxins. In this--E's 20th anniversary issue--we take a closer look at the...
Don't Doubt Sprouts: Growing Your Own Power-Packed Greens
The whimsical sprout comes in many guises. It shoots up from crunchy legumes such as lentils, soy and chickpeas; whole grains like sweet quinoa and wheat berries; and vegetable seeds including alfalfa, broccoli and biting radish. Food bloggers, nutrition...
Label Savvy: Eco-Friendly Fabrics Made from Seaweed, Bottles and More
The invention of synthetic fibers like rayon and polyester revolutionized the textile and clothing industries. But the manufacturing process left a lot to be desired. Polyester, for example, is made from petroleum. Producing it and other synthetic...
New Way to Run: A Five-Finger Revolution for Your Feet
Two summers ago, I took a pair of shoes that looked like padded "toe socks" with me for a 30-mile hike into Evolution Valley. The valley is in the northeast corner of Kings Canyon National Park, California, and I brought along a pair of boots as an...
Nuclear Power and the Bottomless Bank: Envisioning a Nuclear Future-Funded by Taxpayer Dollars
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Congress and the Obama administration are on a course to provide the nations nuclear industry an unprecedented financial package--one that could dwarf the combined expenditures of last year's bailout programs. And the legislative...
Running on Algae: Research Blooms on an Innovative Biofuel
It was big news last July when oil giant Exxon Mobil announced a $600 million deal with Synthetic Genomics, the company founded by science wunderkind J. Craig Venter, to explore using algae to create fuel. Adding Venter's prowess at genetic modification...
Seal of Disapproval: Concerns Arise over China-Sourced Food Labeled USDA Organic
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Beyond images of glowing whole grains and sun-kissed farm fields, it's the green and white "USDA Organic" seal that attracts discriminating shoppers. But they may not notice the message on the back, hidden in small print,...
Shipped & Delivered: Houses from Shipping Containers Hit the U.S
Shipping container homes have been constructed in London, Scotland, Amsterdam (home to the largest container city in the world) Canada and New Zealand, and the eco-friendly trend has recently caught on in the U.S. The steel cargo containers are nearly...
The Carbon in Concrete
Concrete, the most widely used building material in the world, releases carbon dioxide (C[O.sub.2]) as it is produced and again during transportation and construction. Scientists estimate that concrete accounts for about 5% of the world's carbon footprint....
The Diet Doctor: An Interview with Dr. Kenneth Bock
Dr. Kenneth Bock the cofounder of the Rhinebeck Health Center and the Center for Progressive Medicine in Rhinebeck, New York, is becoming a bit of an international celebrity on the autism-environment circuit, holding seminars and giving lectures on...
The Price of Cheap: The Environmental Costs of Our Disposable, Discount Ways
In light of the recession, many Americans are cutting back on luxury items and stocking up on cheap goods. Sounds like a good idea, right? Not necessarily. Those cheap items come with steep environmental costs, according to Ellen Ruppel Shell, author...
The Search for Autism's Missing Piece: Autism Research Slowly Turns Its Focus to Environmental Toxicity
Autism cases are on the rise. Or so the most recent data would have us believe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 100 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)--up from 1 in 150...
The Throwaway People
THE THROWAWAY PEOPLE Nick Clooney, in the foreword to Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining (Sierra Club Books, $25.95), a companion book to Sierra Club's new feature-length documentary, remarks that his Irish immigrant...
The Way of the Possum: What One Animal Can Teach Us about Global Warming
For the denizens of a tropical cloud forest, the perils of life soon become apparent high up on the escarpment of Mount Lewis, an ancient granite massif that soars 4,000 feet above mangrove swamps and the Coral Sea. Near the summit, gnarled trees rake...