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. 14, No. 2, March-April

Bearing Down on Grizzlies
A burly grizzly bear strode across a meadow in Yellowstone National Park last spring, barely noticed by grazing herds of elk and bison. The bear, weak from hibernation, was focused on procuring an easier meal, such as scavenged bison carcasses and...
Carrying Capacity: Can a Big Country with Very Few People Be Overpopulated? (Currents)
Just because a country has a huge land area and a relatively small population does not mean it can continue to grow unchecked. In Canada and Australia, for instance, activists are raising the possibility that they may already be overpopulated. Australians...
Clean Sex, Wasteful Computers and Dangerous Mascara. (Ask E)
Do condoms represent a significant portion of beach litter? Are there environmentally friendly condoms?--Wendy M., Olympia, WA Condoms are often found discarded on beaches along with straws, bottles and other trash. About 900 condoms were found...
Controlling Kids: Are Diet and Toxic Substances Linked to Attention Deficit Disorder? (Your Health)
Is it the diet? Parents who have children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have long been told that their kids can't be helped by dietary changes, and only a small percentage of kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are helped...
Corporate Report Cards: Green Audits Help Evaluate Investments Quickly and Confidently. (Money Matters)
Most of us have barely enough time to balance our checkbooks, let alone balance the environmental performance of companies we are evaluating for investment But we do want to choose companies that use resources responsibly and whose products and services...
Cosmetic Changes: Aveda Proves That Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep. (Consumer News)
Dominique Conseil certainly looks the part for leading Aveda, one of the world's greenest herbal-based cosmetics, perfume and hair-care companies. He's French, for one thing, dresses elegantly and is conversant in seven languages. But it's when he...
Ebb and Flow Energy: High-Tech Plans to Generate Undersea Electricity. (Currents)
Say anything, but don't accuse Jared Blumenfeld of thinking small. The director of San Francisco's Department of the Environment has been staring at the Golden Gate Bridge a lot lately, wondering how the picture-postcard scene would look if he tucked...
Embalming Toxins
If laid out head to toe, every person buried last year in the United States would form a line stretching from Los Angeles to New York City. Since Britain's low-impact "green burial" methods (see "Dust to Dust," Currents, November/December 1998) have...
Few Holes in Switzerland's Recycling Program
By some measures, Switzerland is the greenest nation in the industrialized world. Not only does it boast one of the densest rail systems, it also leads Europe by recycling 50 percent of all household waste. Annual garbage production is just 880 pounds...
He Ain't Hairy, He's My Brother. (E Word)
In his 1977 book, The Dragons of Eden, noted philosopher Carl Sagan asked: "How smart does a chimpanzee have to be before killing him constitutes murder?" Indeed, chimps do share 99 percent of their active DNA with humans, and are closer genetically...
Jane Goodall: A Kinship with Chimps. (Conversations)
Primatologist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., CBE and UN Messenger of Peace, needs little introduction, because her work with chimps in Tanzania is known throughout the world. Fifty years of intimate contact with these close human relatives gives her authority...
Negating NEPA: The "Magna Carta" of Environmental Protection Faces an Uncertain Future. (Currents)
When Utah Governor Mike Leavitt proposed constructing a 120-mile freeway running north and south through his state, developers eagerly waited to begin digging and paving. But a few significant details bogged down their plans. As a coalition of environmental...
New Glass for Old
As Terry McDonald, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Society of Lane County, navigated the congested Oregon Interstate 5 traffic near Portland, he was taken aback by mountains of broken pop bottle green glass unceremoniously dumped by...
Oil Right: Choose Wisely for Heart-Healthy Cooking. (Eating Right)
Some food-savvy environmentalists say that if you can afford to buy only one organic food item, it should be culinary oils. They base their assertions on several things, but at the top of the list is the fact that heavy metals (which can show up in...
Peace in the Poconos: Adventures in Picturesque Pennsylvania. (Going Green)
If you're taking a nature walk in Pennsylvania's beautiful Pocono Mountains, you want the naturalist John Serrao as your host. Not only is he the author of Reptiles and Amphibians of the Poconos and knows everything that crawls on or grows from the...
Rights from Wrongs: A Movement to Grant Legal Protection to Animals Is Gathering Force. (Cover Story)
Does a pig packed in a tiny factory cage waiting to be killed have any rights in America? Should it have? And what about the chimpanzee, which shares 99 percent of its active DNA with humans? Should anyone be allowed to "own" an animal with so many...
Save the Faith, Save the Earth. (Letters from Our Readers)
My initiation to E was by Doug Moss' rant against organized religion and its failure to "save the world they claim God put them in charge of" (E Word, November/ December 2002). I respect Moss' frustration with the institutional church. I also support...
Seeking Sanctuary: As It Begins Its Second Hundred Years, Our National Wildlife Refuge System Is in Trouble
When German immigrant Paul Kroegel began advocating for the protection of Florida's Pelican Island as critical habitat for a quickly dwindling population of brown pelicans more than a century ago, he had no idea that his efforts would lead to the creation...
The Sinking City: Venice's $3 Billion Plan to Stop a Rising Sea Gets Mixed Reviews. (Currents)
It's a clear, calm night--no storms, no wind, no unusual weather of any kind--but Venice's Piazza San Marco is flooding. As the tide crests, seawater begins pouring from storm drains, forming a growing pond in the middle of the city's most important...
Up on the Roof: Turn That Heat Island into a Living System. (House & Home)
Your roof: it keeps the elements out, the warmth in. But, as green movers within the building trade are showing, reconfiguring this little-appreciated home component can pay very big dividends for the planet. Indeed, technology in recent years can...
Wildlife on the Menu: The Bushmeat Crisis Is Emptying Africa's Forests. (Currents)
Deep in the heart of the Congo River Basin, the tropical forest is lush and full of life. Immense Sapelli and Okoume trees tower over the forest floor, and small antelopes called duikers plunge through the undergrowth while the calls of bonobos and...