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Articles from Vol. 10, No. 6, November

An Apple a Day
Picking over the produce in their local store, shoppers scrutinize fruit for its color, skin, shape and smell. But how many really take a good look at the label? Maybe they should. "People subconsciously count on farmers like me to grow products...
Backlash on the Bayou
It's not easy being green in an industry-friendly state like Louisiana--particularly when you have the audacity to face-off against the rich and powerful ... and win. After an aggressive two-year battle by the Tulane University's Environmental Law...
Bad Air Days
A High-Stakes Fight Over New Pollution Rules Threatens Every Breath You Take On October 26, 1948, residents of the small town of Donora, Pennsylvania woke up to find themselves enshrouded in a stagnant cloud of pollution. Four days later, when the...
Black Gold
The Race to Develop Caspian Sea Oil May Steam Right Over the Environment The premise of Tom Clancy's "Force 21," a post-cold war computer game, is that the planet is on the verge of a Third World War over the Caspian Sea oil fields. Why such high-stakes...
Catching Some Rays
Solar Shingles Can Turn Your Rooftop Into a Miniature Power Plant All of the energy we use originally came from the sun, even fossil fuels like coal and oil. Burning that fuel, which stored the sun's energy [millions of years ago, releases that...
Close to Nature
Ecuadorian Ecotourism Tries To Protect an Ancient Land Threading down the Capahuari River in an eight-passenger motorized canoe, tourists stare in awe at the dreadlock vines dipping into dung-colored waters along the river s edge. Electric blue...
Death and Taxes
Resisters Refuse to Pay for War And Its Environmental Fallout Like most working Americans, Connecticut resident Rosa Packard files her taxes every spring. But since 1981, she has omitted one thing: the check. [Instead she substitutes a letter to...
Ecolonomics: Selling Sustainability
Business people and environmentalists are not natural allies, but they may find common ground on 135 acres of land in Petersburg, Missouri. The site, resting along the Missouri River bottom, will be converted into the nation's first physical location...
Elegant Scavengers
Giant Petrels Are a Bellwether Species for the Antarctic Giant Petrels are large scavenger birds that feed on dead seals, whales, penguins, squid or just about any other creature that dies on Antarctica's Southern Ocean, which is why 19th Century...
EMFs, Vinyl and Ozone
Should I Worry About ... Airports, Siding and CFCs? Does the airport near where I live emit any kind of magnetic or electrical waves that will impact my health? --B. Sachau Living near an airport poses no special risk from electromagnetic fields...
England Swings
... Against Genetically Engineered Foods Grandmothers, schoolteachers, scientists and environmentalists have taken to the streets in London. Through massive letter-writing campaigns and the destruction of field test sites, British citizens have...
For the Birds: Alcatraz Is `Hellcatraz' No Longer
The harsh, rocky island of Alcatraz rises from San Francisco Bay. As recently as 1963, this was the site of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which its desperate inmates aptly referred to as "Hellcatraz." Men like "Machine Gun" Kelly, Al Capone and Robert...
Gasping for Breath in California
In 1988, Kathy Elkins moved to Lompoc, a pleasant small town on the central Californian coast, with her husband and infant daughter. She thought she had found herself a little slice of paradise. That is, until she got sick. Within six months, she...
Letters from Our Readers
The Population Institute has awarded E Magazine a Global Media Award for "Excellence in Population Reporting." Citations will be presented to E, and to recipients The New York Times, Turner Broadcasting and the Associated Press, at a special ceremony...
Life after Death
The Rediscovery of `Extinct' Plants and Animals According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), 877 of our animals and 569 of our plants are officially endangered. Another 297 species are "threatened," meaning that they stand a decent chance...
Planting Seeds
A Many-Headed Student Group Gets Out the Green Vote In recent years, young voters have deafened pollsters with their silence, heralding the arrival of what could be seen as a new silent majority for our time. In the 1994 congressional elections,...
Soy Baby Blues
Can We Trust Alternatives to Milk-Based Formulas? While most American women realize that breastfeeding is best for their baby, lifestyle choices and job realities can dictate the use of formula instead. When your baby is allergic to cow's milk formula...
Sustainability 101
Using the Community as a Classroom, Colleges Are Rewriting the Standards for Environmental Education At American colleges, education is found all over: the computer room at 2 a.m.; athletic practice; the chemistry lab; even the local bar on Thursday...
Where's the Beef?
Fake Meats Bring You the Taste--Not the Health Risk--of the Real Thing Ground round, bacon, pepperoni, deli ham ... not since the Bradys' daily roast have Americans embraced meat with such careless abandon. But flip over a package of Yves Breakfast...