E Magazine

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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 6, November-December

All out of Love: The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Other Green Groups Withdraw Support for Natural Gas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Until a few years ago, most national environmental organizations endorsed natural gas as a "bridge fuel" to renewable energy, arguing that it was cleaner than oil and coal. Now many of these groups are taking a second look,...
A One-for-One Revolution: Inspired by TOMS, More Companies That Care
In an economy once focused solely on turning a profit, more and more companies are looking for ways to improve the quality of life for others. These forward-thinking companies have adopted a system known as "one for one," in which, for every unit of...
Creative Wrappings: Green Alternatives to Plain Old Wrapping Paper
"Did you know that the three billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high? If we each sent one card less, we'd save enough cards to fill an acre of land 12 feet high." So informs the Use Less Stuff...
Drill Happy
There are many reasons why you wouldn't want companies extracting natural gas by hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") near your home. As Pennsylvania residents unlucky enough to have drilling operations open shop next door so poignantly describe in...
Fireplace Makeovers: Fireplace Inserts Let You Have Your Fire without Losing Heat
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Crackling fireplaces are a wonderful way to add warmth and ambience, but they are relatively inefficient devices for heating the home. Most fireplaces convert just 5%-10% of the burning wood's energy into useful heat. A fireplace...
Fracked to Pieces: Concerned Citizen Groups Call for a Ban as New York State Draws Closer to Wide-Scale Hydraulic Fracturing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In anticipation of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" for natural gas coming to New York's Catskill region, Jill Wiener made an unexpected career move. An artist who relocated from New York City to the Catskill town of Callicoon...
Holiday Waste
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 25% more. This oft cited statistic from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of how much more waste Americans produce between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day than during the rest of the year. But tracking down the...
I Am the Bee: Tuning in to the New Green Hip-Hop
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] New Bedford, Massachusetts, does not seem a likely home for a new wave of environmental art. In the nineteenth century, this harbor town served as the home port for much of the nation's whaling fleet. Those bloody hulls, combined...
Igniting Minds: A Conversation with Josh Fox, Writer and Director of the Emmy Award-Winning Gasland
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Josh Fox's widely seen and highly acclaimed documentary, Gasland, ran on HBO in 2010 and was shown at grassroots gatherings around the country. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award and this past September Fox was awarded...
In Sweat We Trust: Bikram Devotees (and Their Green Commitments) Are Growing
Bikram Choudhury hates the color green. Seriously: The offending hue is barred from anything related to the hot yoga empire that bears his name, from students' apparel to the decor of the 500 Bikram-affiliated studios worldwide. I witnessed this personal...
Meet the Fakers: With the Popularity in Farmers' Markets Have Come Unscrupulous Sellers Big and Small
Emily Achenbaum Harris arrived at the local farmers market in Charlotte, North Carolina, just as vendors re opening their stands. As she walked from stall to stall, she noticed Dole boxes tucked under tables and watched as a farmer dumped blueberries...
Pro-Gas Pennsylvania: The Fallout from Pennsylvania's Open-Fracking Policies Provides a Cautionary Tale for States Considering Drilling
The stretch of road on Route 711 in Pennsylvania between Ligonier and New Florence is one of the most picturesque in the entire state. Carl Whipkey, 84, a World War II veteran, and his wife Gloria, 80, a three-time cancer survivor, moved to their Ross...
Rainbow on a Plate: Understanding Antioxidants and the Food Color Connection
A lot of product labels will try to entice you with the promise of antioxidants. But while we know antioxidants are good for us, what do they do exactly? Simply put, antioxidants prevent oxidation, a natural chemical reaction with oxygen. Oxidation...
Ski the Sustainable Slopes: Winter Resorts Are Greening Their Operations
This year, ski areas were issued a challenge: Could they reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and help to undo some of the global warming damage that would inevitably be their down-fall? They didn't have to go it alone. The National Ski Area Association's...
Sweater Dressing: Winter Knits You Can Feel Warm and Fuzzy About
Hand-knitted pieces have always been ahead of the sustainability curve, and as crocheting, knitting, and other DIY crafts have become more popular, knitters are leading the conversation around lower-impact dyes and the positive attributes of natural...
Taking on Polluters: Community Activist Hilton Kelley
In 2000, Hilton Kelley was enjoying a comfortable life in Hollywood as a stuntman and actor when he planned a quick trip to his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, to celebrate Mardi Gras. What he found were abandoned buildings and rampant pollution. The...
The Biofuel Conundrum
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the controversy over corn-based ethanol tells us, biofuels--made from rops and used to replace conventional fuel--are not necessarily more environmentally friendly than oil. Producing biofuels may use fossil fuel, for instance,...
The Safer Chemicals Movement
Andy Igrejas, national campaign director for Safer Chemicals Healthy Families (saferchemicals.org) says the best time to pass a sweeping reform of the nation's chemical laws was prior to the November 2010 elections, when democrats controlled both houses...
Warming Up the Wine Industry: Climate Change May Leave a Major Impact on Vineyards across the Country
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Climate change may not only impact coral reefs, glaciers and polar bears, but could also have a significant effect on the U.S. wine industry. A recent study led by researchers at Stanford University estimates that in the next...