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. 10, No. 4, July

A Walk Can Change the World
When it's time for a change, Satish Kumar knows it's time to walk. In his youth he was a Jain monk in South India, but in time he became concerned with the ills of the world at large, and, following the lead of his teachers Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba...
Bad Medicine: The Dangers of Vinyl Hospital Supplies
When Hollie Shaner's 14-year-old son needed surgery last year, she requested that glass intravenous (IV) bottles and special tubing be used instead of the usual polyvinyl chloride (PVC) equipment. Shaner, a registered nurse, wanted to prevent her son...
Brain Drain
Can Britain's Mad Cow Disease Come Here? At first, Doug McEwen forgot things--like, in the summer of 1998, his phone number and address. The symptoms got worse, but doctors still couldn't find anything wrong. Finally, the otherwise healthy 30-year-old...
Brain Storm
Are We Threatening Our Intelligence With Chemical Pollution? The 101st Congress declared the 1990s the "Decade of the Brain" to focus attention on the most vulnerable of human organs. But after 10 years of intensive research focusing on chemical...
Charlie and the Chocolate Plantation
Who needs a holiday to splurge on chocolate? Certainly not Americans, who indulged ill over three billion pounds of the sweet stuff in 1997, averaging 12 pounds per person. With chocolate products flying off the supermarket shelves, it may be time...
Chicken Soup for the Shenandoah
It's not surprising that the rocks in the riverbed of Stony Creek, a stocked trout stream popular with fishermen, look like fuzzy brown fur balls. Rocco Industries, Virginia's second-largest poultry producer, uses 1.2 million gallons of water per day...
Culture of Fire
One Guatemalan's Fight Against Slash-and-Burn Farming In the spring of 1998, Don Carlos Mendez, a legendary fighter for Guatemalan conservation, was making emergency calls on his radio. The Mendezes had been enjoying a family dinner when Don Carlos'...
Dicaprio's the Beach: Trouble in Paradise
When Leonardo DiCaprio agreed to star in The Beach as a follow-up to the blockbuster Titanic, he probably thought he'd get a nice rest on location in an unspoiled Thai paradise. The Beach, based on a novel by the young British writer Alex Garland,...
Dr. Nafis Sadik
The UN's Prescription for Family Planning As Hillary Rodham Clinton opened her remarks at the Hague International Forum conference on population and women's reproductive health last February, she turned to the woman who had introduced her, Dr. Nafis...
Fair Game
As More Women Take Up Hunting, Is This Deadly Sport Becoming More `Ethical'? Is there such a thing as "ethical hunting"? A growing number of outdoor sportsmen (and, increasingly, women) say there is, and they decry the tendency to lump all hunters...
Letters from Our Readers
SHIFTING THE BURDEN It was wonderful to see your coverage of tax shift ideas ("Sharing the Wealth," Cover Story, March/April 1999) in the magazine. As a follow-up, I would like you to know about the green tax shift that has recently occurred in...
More Beets for the Buck
Community-Supported Agriculture Is the Affordable Way to Go Organic For most consumers, organic produce is an appealing alternative that they just can't afford. High price tags don't exactly encourage the nutritionally curious to make the switch...
Now We Are Six
In October, World Population Will Reach Six Billion. Can the Earth Carry the Load? On or around October 12, 1999, a Very Important Baby will be born somewhere in the world. The arrival of a new child is not in itself big international news, since...
Protecting Paradise
The Turks and Caicos Islands Gear Up For Responsible Ecotourism Visitors landing at Providenciales, the most populated of the Caribbean's Turks and Caicos (kay-kos) Islands, are greeted with the sight of excavating cranes, while roaring bulldozers...
Shop 'Til You Drop
Has Online Retail Spawned a New Orgy of Consumer Spending? Shopnow.com captures the lure of e-commerce in its motto, "The shopping is 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Indeed, online revenues, which last year totaled $4.5 billion globally, are...
Subliminal Messages
Primetime TV Programs Educate Viewers On the Environment A carton of recycled copier paper sits on the counter of the ER nurses' station. The cast of Friends pours milk out of a reusable glass bottle. Law and Order's Detective Briscoe asks his lieutenant...
Terminator III
Are Sterile Seeds a Threat To Small Farmers? They escaped from a laboratory in the dusty confines of Lubbock, Texas. But now they plan to colonize the world. If a newly-patented seed technology is on the market by 2005, many of the new millennium's...
Toxic Carpets, Green Wood and Great Lakes
How to Avoid Fuming Fibers, Deceptive Stickers and Alien Mussels What are the toxic dangers of the carpet-cleaning chemical ethylene glycol monobutyl ether? -- Roger Schatz, Chicago, IL Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, also known as 2-butoxyethanol,...
Uprooted
The Worldwide Plant Crisis Is Accelerating Janet Marinelli trekked more than 13 miles a day along the ocean beaches of Long Island in search of the wild amaranth, a plant everyone assumed had been extinct for 40 years until, out of the blue, news...