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. 13, No. 1, January-February

Across the Great Divide: Environmentalists and Animal Rights Activists Battle over Vegetarianism. (Cover Story)
Do Real Greens Eat Meat? In September, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shocked its foes and supporters alike by putting up a billboard in Vancouver, Canada, the launching pad for many a whale watch. PETA is well known for its...
A New Profit Motive: The Bottom Line Is Preserving the Environment. (Consumer News)
As protesters regularly disrupt meetings of the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, it's becoming apparent that many consumers want their goods to come from companies that practice environmental and social responsibility. And those same consumers...
Back on Track: A Rail Renaissance Connects Trains to Natural Destinations. (Going Green)
While it's true that trains use about half the energy per passenger-mile that planes do, and less than cars, too, most travelers have a more pressing concern: Are trains a viable alternative to flying and driving? Train service in Europe is fast and...
Bayview Blues: San Francisco Community Activists Fight the Navy's Toxic Legacy. (Currents)
In the southern part of San Francisco Bay, a sunny, breezy peninsula known as Bayview Hunters Point provides breathtaking coastal views. The community has the highest percentage of home ownership in San Francisco, according to Cory Calandra, executive...
Body of Evidence: Were Humans Meant to Eat Meat?
Cardiologist William C. Roberts hails from the famed cattle state of Texas, but he says this without hesitation. Humans aren't physiologically designed to eat meat. "I think the evidence is pretty clear. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores...
California Condors Take Flight. (in Brief)
Decimated by hunting, egg collectors, loss of habitat and lead poisoning, North America's largest land bird, the California condor, was until recently on the brink of extinction. There hasn't been a condor born in the wild since 1984, but U.S. Fish...
Clean Coal? New Technologies Reduce Emissions, but Sharp Criticisms Persist. (Currents)
Most environmentalists cringed when they heard the words "clean" and "coal" used together in Vice President Dick Cheney's energy plan. Coal is unpopular enough with the general public, but among the environmentally aware, it ranks only slightly higher...
Defending the Planet: Earthjustice Makes a Case for the Environment. (Currents)
In a court of law, where rulings are often based on legal precedents, the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice often ends up citing the legal precedent of itself. The group, founded in 1971 as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, has grown...
Eco-Additions: Remodeling for a Healthier House. (House & Home)
You love your home, but it's not perfect. Maybe it needs a bathroom on he ground floor, a bigger kitchen or another bedroom. Of course, you could move to bigger digs. Or you could do what millions of Americans do every year: stay put and remodel. Indeed,...
Getting on Our Nerves: Researchers Find a Connection between Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides. (Your Health)
The herbicides and pesticides many people trust enough to spray on their gardens and crops have been increasingly linked to the onset of Parkinson's Disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disorder that turns the simplest movement into a battle between the...
Give Peas a Chance. (E Word)
I became vegetarian half a life ago, at age 25. Worried by then-common fears that vegetarians don't get enough protein, I began cautiously, substituting awful-tasting peanut butter-marinara combinations for meat sauce, and doing lots of stir-fries...
Green Acres: Land Trusts Help Protect the Environment and Save Money, Too. (Money Matters)
In the central Iowa town of Ackley, near the banks of the Iowa River, you'll find Bob deNeui, a submarine engineer-turned-conservationist. You'll find him fishing for bass or catfish, or he may be out collecting firewood. Sometimes you'll find him...
Green Beer: Delicious Organic Brews Offer a Healthier Alternative. (Eating Right)
Eighty million Americans regularly drink beer, which breaks down to about 23 gallons of the beverage per person every year. One reason the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock was a declining stock of on-board "beere" and beer historian Will Anderson points...
Green Burial at Sea? (in Brief)
Cremation is growing dramatically in the United States, tripling since 1972 to almost 600,000 funerals per year. By 2010, the procedure may be part of 40 percent of funerals, according to the Cremation Association of North America. With this increase,...
Lolita, Come Home. (in Brief)
Message from Seattle to Miami: Give us back our whale. Seattle ants Lolita, star of the Miami Seaquarium tourist attraction for the past 31 years and the nation's longest-performing killer whale. More than 5,000 people have signed petitions and hundreds...
Proceeding with Caution: In the Wake of September 11, Environmental Direct-Action Groups Change Their Tactics. (Currents)
On the morning of September 11, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) warned against a rush to judgment about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Young told a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News that responsibility could lie...
Protecting Our Children. (Advice and Dissent: Letters from Our Readers)
I agree with your September/October 2001 cover story "Children at Risk": Chemical exposure really needs to be monitored. Children are very susceptible to asthma and cancer. That was a frightening photograph depicting children eating lunch and having...
Survivor, Salty Roads and Car-Free Cities. (Ask E)
I really enjoy the Survivor TV series, but what is the environmental impact of the TV crews working in those remote areas? --Rachel Maxwell, Port Washington, NY Though the TV show Survivor ensures the survival of its contests, some feel it fails...
The Case against Meat: Evidence Shows That Our Meat-Based Diet Is Bad for the Environment Aggravates Global Hunger, Brutalizes Animals and Compromises Our Health
SO WHY AREN'T MORE ENVIRONMENTALISTS SWITCHING TO VEGETARIAN? There has never been a better rime for environmentalists to become vegetarians. Evidence of the environmental impacts of a meat-based diet is piling up at the same time its health effects...
Troubled Waters: Farmers and Fish in the Klamath Basin. (Currents)
Hot words dominate the debate among the factions vying for water in the Klamath Basin. But as the different groups wrangle over water, all parties agree that even a year or two of record precipitation would only delay the inevitable. There simply is...
Women's Work in Mexico. (in Brief)
It is not unusual in Mexican hotels to find indigenous women scrubbing bathrooms and cooking meals. The Hotel Taselotzin, located in the scenic Eastern Sierras, is no exception, but you'll also find local women doing the bookkeeping, managing, marketing...