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. 12, No. 5, September

Bridging the Cultural Divide
Despite the breathtaking vistas of its unique, semi-arid mountain-desert, the Namaqualand region of northwestern South Africa is woefully impoverished. But a handful of progressive Connecticut educators are working with African communities to build...
Brownout
Will Green Power Survive California Energy Crisis? With bated breath, the nation has been watching California to see how electric utility restructuring would affect the price of power, the reliability of electric service and the green power industry....
Caring about Kids
I have two daughters, ages four and seven, and the girls were on my mind as I was editing this issue's comprehensive package on children's environmental health. I think my wife and I do a reasonable job of protecting them from harm: We walk them to...
Children at Risk
Widespread Chemical Exposure Threatens Our Most Vulnerable Population We've all seen it: a mother crouched on the floor, arms outstretched, cooing to her baby as he lopsidedly plops first one hand, then the other, on the carpet, dragging his chubby...
Diamonds Aren't Forever
Environmental Degradation and Civil War in the Gem Trade Gleaming gems shining from plush velvet cases in quiet jewelry stores make it easy to forget that some of these symbols of love and prosperity originated in distant lands, deep in the soil...
DR. PHILIP LANDRIGAN: A Prescription to Better Serve Kids
Dr. Philip Landrigan has long played an important role in advancing the field of pediatric environmental health--first as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, then as an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior...
Flora, Fauna and the Blue Sea
Bermuda Works to Recreate its Natural Past It is peaceful on Nonsuch Island, a 14-acre nature preserve at the eastern entrance to Bermuda's Castle Harbor. Migratory songbirds flit through canopy trees, their calls disturbed only by the distant and...
Giving Greenpeace a Chance
After Internal Turmoil, a More Focused Greenpeace is Back Fighting Polluters A growling dump truck stopped in front of the Naval Observatory, just a few feet from Vice President Dick Cheney's residence. The truck's back hatch opened, emptying rive...
Green River: Nova Scotia's Solar Sewage Solution
One of Bear River, Nova Scotia's biggest tourist attractions is its sewage treatment plant. Pleasing to the eye and almost completely odorless, the 80,000-gallon facility is located right in the heart of the small town's tourist district. Every year,...
Letters from Our Readers
CANNING OF WORMS As an Alaskan citizen who has lived in our great state since 1958, I am appalled that your cover article ("Troubled Waters," May/June 2001) names Alaska's Canning as number two on the most endangered rivers list. Alaskans are aware...
No Tenting Tonight
Alternative Treatments to Control Termites If there's wood in your house, chances are at some point you'll have unwelcome houseguests: termites. Treatments to get rid of these trespassers can be environmentally nasty. Infestations in which the entire...
Not under My Roof
Olivia Newton-John, Kelly Preston and Nancy Chuda Speak Out for Children After her five-year-old daughter, Colette, died from a non-hereditary form of childhood cancer, Nancy Chuda knew something in the environment was terribly wrong (see "What...
Onaway Builds Native Trust
Native Americans across the continent continue to struggle against environmental and social injustice. Tribal lands are disproportionately ravaged by mining and forestry industries, and every site in America currently proposed to store nuclear waste...
Pacific Tidepools: A Threatened Ecosystem?
An astonishing diversity of life dwells in the crystal-clear pools that format low tide along America's Pacific coast. A vast array of invertebrates feed off the hundreds of species of densely growing flora, which range from microscopic diatoms to...
Saving Spirit Bears
A Historic Agreement Protects Canada's Largest Temperate Rainforest A historic agreement reached this April between Canadian environmental groups and Canada's logging industry will ensure the long-term security of British Columbia's threatened west...
Savoring Soy
The Versatile Soybean Offers Many Health Benefits The United States is the world's largest producer of soybeans, although you wouldn't know that from the American diet, which mostly takes in soy from soy sauce. But soy can serve as an alternative...
Second-Class Transit?
Los Angeles' Bus Riders Union Fights for Equal Treatment Although light rail trains are favored by many forward-thinking transportation agencies, buses carry far more commuters. The public transportation fleet in the U.S. consists of 129,000 vehicles;...
The Green Tax Rebellion
Lower Your Bills While Conserving Energy and Tapping into Renewables Shocked by your electric bill? Fuming over the latest pump prices? If you're willing to put solar panels on your roof or a hybrid car in your driveway, you may be eligible for...
Tracking the Bighorn
The thick chaparral of a remote region in the Sespe Wilderness, part of the Los Padres National Forest, in Ventura, California, has concealed a lost herd of desert bighorn sheep for more than five years. But now they're out in the open. The animals...
Twilight for Gas Guzzling, Polluting Livestock and Styrofoam
How can I use my car in more environmentally friendly ways? --Brian George, Sterling Heights, MI The best thing you can do, of course, is to leave your car in the rage and take mass transit. But if you have to drive, start by filling up at night....
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Congress Compromises On Children's Health Somewhere between court hearings and Congressional testimony, preserving the innocence of childhood became a priority of the Clinton Administration (which had previously shown a tolerance for toxins in toys,...
Your Health Getting Enough?
Iodine Deficiency Is On the Rise By cleaning up your diet to get rid of all the nasty stuff--persistent organic pollutants (POPs), saturated rats, additives and food colorings--you may be cutting out the iodine that you need. That doesn't mean you...