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. 6, No. 4, August

Brushing Up on Business
In the 50s, kids could brush their teeth with Crest or ... Crest. Or maybe Colgate. The ads for these products extolled their cavity-fighting abilities -- and skipped over the fact that they were full of saccharine and artificial coloring. By 1975,...
Cohousing's New Cachet
The scene one sunny January Sunday at the Nyland Cohousing Community near Boulder, Colorado, could have been a commercial for communal living. Here was ample proof of what members of the 150 or so U.S. "cohousing" groups believe: that shared communities...
Eco-Rock
Five years ago, Tom Sellars wasn't getting any respect in the music business: His calls rarely got beyond industry secretaries. These days, musicians like R.E.M., Paul McCartney, k.d. lang and Kenny Loggins are listening, because Sellars and former...
Fighting for the Fields
Poland is usually thought of as a kind of environmental house of horrors. Belching smokestacks, coal-darkened buildings and mammoth industrial complexes are the dismal and grimy images that leap at us from reports about Eastern Europe. Nevertheless,...
Gas Guzzling
For six years, the plucky little Geo Metro XFi hatchback was the most fuel-efficient car on the market, with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mileage rating of 53 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 58 on the highway. But for 1995, this...
Getting the Goods on Ocean Dumpers
When it comes to illegal dumping from cruise ships, sometimes the best watchdogs are appalled vacationers who catch the action with their video cameras. In 1993, passengers aboard the Regent Sea witnessed and photographed crew members throwing plastic...
Green Contradictions in Hollywood
Hollywood's scripts are becoming increasingly friendly to environmental causes. After all, Murphy Brown recycles, and Universal wagered $175 million on the Kevin Costner film Waterworld, in which centuries of global warming have caused the polar ice...
New Wine from Old Bottles
Imagine going to the supermarket and finding all the dry goods packaged in returnable containers, coolers full of fresh milk and orange juice in washable plastic jugs, and soft drinks in returnable glass bottles. At the liquor store next door, customers...
Off the Scales
"Five feet nine, 109 pounds or less," snaps a receptionist at the Ford modelling agency in New York City when asked for the average female fashion model's height and weight. That's 27 pounds under the lowest weight for a woman of the same height on...
Samoans Fight Loggers - and Win
In 1989, the government of Western Samoa directed the village of Falealupo to build a new school. Located on the island of Savaii, 2,800 miles south of Hawaii, the village couldn't find the money, so Chief Fuiono Senio and the elders reluctantly sold...
Seriously Green
It's hardly an original observation to say that environmentalism begins at home. But living in harmony with the Earth involves more than just turning up at the clear-cutting demonstration and mailing annual dues to Greenpeace. The serious environmentalist...
Sweet Home Alabama
Even by the free-wheeling standards of Alabama politics, John M. Smith seemed an unlikely choice for the post of the state's top environmental watchdog. In the early 1980s, he served as spokesman for an abortive scheme to export hazardous waste abroad...
The Eco-Challenge Gets Challenged
If you call your event "ECO-Challenge," the last thing you want is bands of environmentalists waving angry, in-your-face placards for the TV cameras at the starting line. But that's just what happened in April, with the U.S. debut of "adventure racing,"...
The Interactive Environment
The hot product in home computing today is multimedia -- a marriage of your computer with your TV set and CD player, with Nintendo and your bookshelf thrown in, too. By using a computer-based CD called a CD-ROM, multimedia PCs can present video, stereo...
The KGB's Sea of Slaughter
"If you see a school of whales where there is a feeding mother, first kill the calves because then the mother won't leave. Next, kill the mother, then the male won't leave. And finally, kill the male." The comments of former whaling fleet captain...
The Real Conservatives
Everybody on Earth is guilty of fouling the environment to some extent -- to be alive, after all, is to be a polluter -- but some of us are much worse offenders than others. And what's true for individuals is true for countries. The African nation...
Will the Wolf Survive?
When the first pack of wolves in 60 years was released into Yellowstone Park last March, after being corralled by Fish and Wildlife Service experts in Canada, they refused to leave their pens. Smart move. For despite the abundance of deer and elk...