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. 8, No. 4, July-August

Affordable by Design: Building an Eco-House on a Tight Budget Is No Longer an Impossible Dream
The principle "small is beautiful" is often held aloft by environmentalists, but it's not always practiced by Earth-conscious architects, whose tony showcase eco-homes are sometimes sprawling mansions. "Unfortunately, green building is generally accessible...
Cutting the Cathedral: The War over the Future of Alaska's Tongass, America's Largest Old-Growth National Forest
Max Brown's eyes twinkle as we watch the loggers scramble up the steep mountainside, slinging cables around spruce logs, making them ready to be dragged in for harvesting. The chokermen look like squirrels swarming nimbly over the multi-ton giants. "I...
Me and My Shadow: The Prospect of Human Cloning Raises Environmental and Ethical Issues
In the recent film Multiplicity, the condo contractor played by Michael Keaton discovers that having a clone of himself around to help with the heavy lifting is not quite the trouble-free experience he had imagined. So too, in real life, is the prospect...
Over-the-Counter Wildlife: The Medicinal Trade in Animals and Plants Reaches Epidemic Proportions
During a 1983 auction in South Korea, the bidding for an especially-prized black bear specimen grew incredibly intense, finally stopping at $55,000. The winning bidder didn't get a trophy for his den, but instead a small, fleshy mass - the animal's gall...
Self-Propelled: With Federal Help, Bikes Are Pedaling across America
Picture the ecosystem of a truly sustainable community. You'll breathe air that's clean, and never smell the deadly fumes of a speeding semi. That's because - among other things - there's a network of bikable roads, paths and trails that will get you...
Stock Options; How to Use Your Shares to Change Company Environmental Behavior
If you own stock, whether it be a few shares or a large portfolio, you have the right to attend annual meetings and to try - like Judy Holiday in The Solid Gold Cadillac - to influence company policy. An increasingly popular tactic, shareholder activism...
The Wild, Wild Mining Law: Will Congress Reauthorize a 19th Century Giveaway?
When President Clinton announced a deal last summer to prevent the New World gold mine from being developed next to Yellowstone National Park, it was widely hailed as an environmental victory. Environmentalists, though, were quick to point out that stopping...
Toxic Shock! How Safe Are Feminine Hygiene Products?
The hundreds of tampon-related Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) cases in the early 1980s made front-page headlines at the time. But since then, warnings have been inserted in tampon boxes, and the safety of menstrual products has seldom been much of an issue....
Walkabout: Walking Tours Are a Great Way to See the World, at Your Own Pace
If your idea of a vacation is wandering through picturesque villages, picnicking in national parks, taking breaks in vineyards, and bedding down for the night in medieval castles or rainforest thatched huts, then a walking tour maybe for you. Walking...
What's Cooking? Environmental Designs Stir Things Up in the Eco Kitchen
While the kitchen is the center of most American homes, it's often an afterthought when it comes to making environmental improvements. But considering that the kitchen consumes 20 to 40 percent of household energy, it's really a good place to concentrate...