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. 15, No. 1, January-February

Bench Marks: The Bush Administration Packs the Courts with Anti-Environmental Judges
For more than 30 years, environmental laws ranging from the lean Air Act to the Endangered Species Act have provided a formidable weapon for activists and ordinary citizens trying to protect the environment. While the environment does not always prevail...
Caring Capacity
We've written about overpopulation many times in these pages because we think it is a profoundly important environmental issue. Yet its one that the green movement largely ignores, primarily for fear of alienating a public that may associate family...
Driving Clean: Fighting the Auto Industry for Low-Emission Cars
Which environmentalists do the auto companies fear most? Is it Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean air regulators? Congressional fuel economy watchdogs? Neither one, actually. The principal worry is a little state agency in California, the...
Dumping on History: A Radioactive Nightmare in Concord, Massachusetts
The waitress at the ice cream shop in Concord: Massachusetts was surprised. "A Superfund site?" she asked, incredulous, "on Main Street?" Not just a Superfund site--a Superfund site that a cleanup contractor has dubbed "near the tip of the peak in...
Europe's Scorching Summer: Was Global Warming Responsible for the Deadly Heat?
By the end of Europe's staggering summer heat wave, Budapest's ornate bridges were looking strange. They stood high above the water, their supporting foundations exposed, looking as if they were all standing on tiptoes. Rarely seen boulders jutted...
Fabulous Feng Shui: It's Certainly Popular, but Is It Eco-Friendly?
Feng shui is popping up all over popular culture, but is it environmentally friendly? At its core, experts say, feng shui (literally "wind and water") is a way of life that helps us live in harmony with the environment. With roots in ancient Chinese...
Farming Infertility: Country Living May Be Hazardous to Your Potency
When epidemiologist Shanna Swan began comparing fertility in urban versus rural men, she thought she knew what she would find. Just as corn, sorghum and soybeans grow better in central Missouri's hills and hollers than in a polluted parking lot in...
Joining the Club: Greening Corporations with Socially Responsible Investment Groups
Understanding the wooly world of socially responsible investing (SRI) can be a daunting task for people who want to leverage their financial assets for the environment. But more and more enlightened investors are banding together in clubs, which allow...
Journey to Eden
Described as a "living theater of plants and people," the Eden Project is an international visitor at traction set in a former clay quarry in Cornwall, England. The focus of the 280,000-square-foot gardens is on the two giant greenhouses, which simulate...
Just Juice: All-Natural Choices Avoid Synthetic Additives and Refined Sugar
A dizzying array of ingredients and brands are available to consumers who are simply trying to find the healthiest juice. In your grocer's cooler today are energy drinks, smoothies, blends, "old-fashioned" styles, herbals, all-natural juices and frozen...
Mobile Adventure: History and an Abundant Ecosystem Combine in Coastal Alabama
Mobile, Alabama, in the heart of America's south coast, has a long history, a rich culture and a reputation as a popular tourist destination. It is the birthplace of American Mardi Gras and home of Wintzell's oysters. The people of coastal Alabama...
Oh, Canada! Does the Great White North Deserve Its Green Reputation?
The widely held notion that Canada is taking excellent care of its wild, pristine lands far better than the gluttonous citizens in the United States is nothing more than a misperception approaching myth. Americans, or Yanks as they are often called...
Prevent "Toadal" Loss!
Armed with good humor and lots of insect repellant, a group of Cornell University students, staff; faculty and assorted herpetologists spent last summer building a "toad tunnel" to allow amphibians safe passage across a preserve near campus. Cornell...
Saving Washington's Forgotten River
For many Washingtonians, the Potomac River is a symbol of patriotic charm and serene beauty. Slicing through two states, it's the envy of both Marylanders and Virginians, who still carry on a century-old legal battle over which state can have "control"...
The Industry Fires Back
Don't be drawn into the bottled water versus tap water debate as presented in E's article "Message In A Bottle:' The few carefully edited quotes from the bottled water industry included in the rather slanted article did not accurately represent the...
The Numbers Game: Myths, Truths and Half-Truths about Human Population Growth and the Environment
There's a minefield in the American environmental movement, and its name is population. Because negotiating that minefield is so dangerous, many environmental groups and leaders have stopped trying to cross it. But to ignore population as a central...
Under the Table: Eco-Friendly Furniture That's Beautiful and Functional
If you were to dissect a typical living-room couch, you'd likely find an environmental disaster: a frame made of unsustainably harvested wood treated with formaldehyde and varnishes that can pollute indoor air; unrecyclable foam cushions dosed with...
Water Quality Watchdogs
When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, the goal was to force industries to reduce the flow of pollution into the nation's waterways. Thirty years later, new applications of the law are raising questions. For instance, what happens if the...