E Magazine

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Articles from Vol. 10, No. 2, March

Alan Thein Durning
Environmental Tax Crusader Until the mid-1990s, Alan Thein Durning was a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C., where he chronicled global ills and looked at macro-solutions. In 1995, as chronicled in his book This Place...
Amazon Adventure
Ecotourism Lodges Are Saving A Brazilian River Basin Imagine a lone fisherman quietly and gracefully paddling his dugout canoe through the submerged grasses of an Amazonian lake. He is there today, following a centuries-old tradition of nourishing...
Americorps: In Environmental Service
To a soundtrack of squeaking wheelbarrows, the scrape of shovels, and the thud of falling soft, a partnership between the environmental community and thousands of young adults is getting things done across the U.S. Unlike its ancestor, the Peace Corps,...
Bioshelters: The Living Loop
It looks like a spaceship has landed in Amherst, Massachusetts. Passing motorists may mistake it for an inflatable dome or an indoor tennis court, but the giant bubble is actually a greenhouse, home to a carefully crafted ecosystem of plants, marshes,...
Books
GLOBAL EYE-OPENER "Back in [Beijing], I stepped off the bus into a grimy dusk. Beneath my feet, whorls of coal dust spiraled across the sidewalk like black snow flurries," writes Mark Hertsgaard during his six-year global excursion in Earth Odyssey....
Class under Glass
Learning About the Planet At the Reborn Biosphere 2 While most college students were hanging out in the Student Union or cramming for exams, environmental science major Shannon Glynn was taking coral reef samples at the bottom of a 900,000-gallon...
Cleaning Up after Exxon
It has been 10 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground, spewing both 11.2 million gallons of crude oil and a lot of bad publicity on Alaska's Prince William Sound. Neither has been cleared away easily. The spill is what Adam Kolten, Arctic Refuge...
Clouds over the Coral
A Murky Tale of The Florida Reefs. Is Salvation Possible? It was 20 years ago that I first dove the dear and fertile waters of the Florida Keys. Just five protected miles off Key West, the reef was close enough to get to in a small boat, shallow...
Image vs. Reality
The Family Behind Hip Clothier The Gap Logs the Redwoods Founded in ultra-hip 1969 San Francisco and named for the generational split that was then ravaging America, The Gap Inc. clothing empire has made billions selling once-egalitarian blue jeans...
It's Nature's Way
Earth-Friendly Gardening Is Gaining Ground Americans applied nearly 133 million pounds of chemicals--that's about $2 billion worth of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers--to their home lawns and gardens in 1995, says the Environmental...
Let's Make a Deal
A Helping Hand for the Green Investor The socially-conscious investor with $5,000 to put at risk can choose from a variety of specially tailored mutual funds and financial planning services. But suppose the green investor has $5 million in family...
Mobile Chernobyls
Toxic Trains May Be Rumbling Through Your Town * ITEM: In the pre-dawn hours of April 11, 1996, along railroad tracks one mile west of the rural Montana community of Alberton, four Montana Rail Link tank cars suddenly derail. The largest mixed chemical...
Recycled Denim, Wiper Fluid and Clean Teeth
The Facts on Used Jeans, Greener Windshields and Reusable Toothbrushes I have many pairs of blue jeans that are in decent shape, except the knees are worn out and they're either too big or too small. Is there a place to take jeans where they can...
SHARING the WEALTH
If We Shift Tax Burden From Work to Waste, Everyone Benefits When the Exxon Valdez went aground in Prince William Sound in 1989, spilling millions of gallons of oil, it caused grievous environmental damage which will never be fully erased. But Exxon...
The 20/20 Vision Thing
The Green Group for Busy People Shana Milkie was always an activist at heart, but the demands of fulltime motherhood kept her out of the loop. The Ann Arbor, Michigan resident says she "wanted to get involved, but I was nervous about it. I'd never...
The Fruit of the Sea
The Galapagos Islands, a small archipelago 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, is arguably the most important wildlife reserve in the world. But despite its protected status, the area has been hard hit by poaching and overfishing. Charles Darwin first...
The Scourge of Mankind
Infectious Diseases, Once Near Eradication, Show Remarkable Persistence Almost 20 years ago, smallpox was eradicated from the face of the Earth, and medical science was feeling bullish. With good reason: I as James W. Brown and Elin A. Gursky wrote...
The Strength of Steel
For New Houses, Recycled Metal Framing Can Replace Wood When Mary and Howard Maynard were building a new home in Connecticut, the design included an 18-foot high wall of glass that spanned nearly me entire east side of the structure. Wood framing...
Tools for Green Living
Resources for eco-awareness and action SINGING THE WORLD It's a big world out there, and the vast array of musical traditions can be confusing to the novice. A new three-CD collection called Global Voices, dedicated to music from 33 countries...
Up in Smoke?
Tobacco Growers Look Elsewhere To Save the Family Farm Dorothy Robertson has a friend who says "the best fertilizer in the world is the shadow of the farmer." But the shadow filling over Robertson's firm, and those of 124,000 other tobacco farmers...
Urban Trees: A Win-Win Proposition
Save forests and money with a saw mill and a community partnership? Some trail-blazing cities are proving it can be done. The city of Hammond, Indiana (near Chicago) knew there had to be a better use for the nearly 400 urban trees they had to take...