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. 3, May

Adventure vs. Ecotourism
Can the Road Less Traveled Get Trampled Too Often? Before he was an ecotour operator, Bill Mueller took his first trip to Lake Baikal in southern Siberia to participate in a study examining the lake's fragile ecosystem and the impact of humans....
Better Ideas
Ford in Pursuit of the Green Car In the early 1930s, Henry Ford walked into his company's research lab with a bag of chicken bones, dumped them on a desk and proclaimed, "See what you can do with these." He later urged his staff to try out cantaloupes,...
Charity Begins at Home
Want to Help Green Causes? Set Up a Family Foundation? Mark Schlesinger and his wife, Christine Russell, a board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), have been giving money to support the environment for nearly 20 years. But a...
Conservation Tag ... You're It
When Adelita, an endangered loggerhead sea turtle, swam the Pacific Ocean this past year from Baja to Japan, thousands of students across the country cheered her on. They were able to follow her journey, from start to finish, thanks to satellite telemetry...
Currents of Change
Can Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal Be Cleaned Up? A cruise up the murky Gowanus Canal is a journey into the heart of darkest Brooklyn. These sell-out excursions focus not on romance, fine dining or savoring the Manhattan skyline. Instead, throngs lining...
Dangerous Beauty
Flower Farms May Threaten Workers and the Environment Driving through central Costa Rica below the Tilaran Mountains, travelers see a hillside blanketed with exotic flowers. But the bucolic vision is immediately undercut by the sight of a semi-rusted...
Fast Track
A Rail Renaissance Moves Ahead, Despite Conservative Opposition On a late summer weekend last year, more than 260,000 people celebrated the opening of the 18-mile Westside Line in Portland, Oregon. They got out of their cars, partied at the station...
Ginette Hemley
Wildlife Warrior In a photograph she furnished to E, Ginette Hemley, vice president for species conservation at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is casting a practiced eye on the goods for sale at an Asian market, undoubtedly on the lookout for products...
Holes in the Ark: Questioning Species Protection Plans
In the biblical story of the Great Flood, Noah built an ark to preserve samples of every living creature. Today, the rising tide of global extinction threatens to eliminate half of all species within 100 years (see the cover story this issue). The...
India's River of Death
The crusade against a polluting factory accused of breeding cancer in a duster of villages in south India received a bitter blow when 57-year-old K.A. Rahman died in January. The man who led the protest campaign against Grasim Industries from the company's...
Inside the Rainbow
In People of the Rainbow, Michael Niman describes a collective survival instinct where "in the absence of any compulsory organization, unconsciously, organically, we become a tribe." That process is the whole point of the annual Rainbow Family of Living...
Nice Day for a ... Green Wedding
Planning a Ceremony That Celebrates the Earth The "white" in "wedding" has come to mean "expensive." Indeed, until this modern era of conspicuous consumption, most weddings were simple, at-home affairs attended only by close friends and family....
Our Beleaguered Beaches
Increased Pollution and Lax Water Quality Standards Lessen Summer Fun in the Sun Time may be running out for many of America's most popular beaches. Even as millions of vacationers summer on the shore, beaches are under constant attack, not from...
Polyester Clothing, Paint Cans and Pest Control
Fiber Risks, Recycling Rules and Reducing Ticks Are there any health risks involved with polyester clothing? --Amily Atwell, Dublin, OH Polyester has come a long way since leisure suits, and can now be found in everything from carpeting and totebags...
Real Wealth
The Genuine Progress Indicator Could Provide an Environmental Measure of the Planet's Health On October 17, 1995, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)asked his colleagues in the Senate to rethink sacred notions of economic progress. "We are told daily that...
The Diet-Cancer Connection
Eating Your Way to Better Health The medical profession has come a long way since Hippocrates first said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Perhaps it's time to take a few steps back. A full third of the 563,000 cancer deaths the...
The Heifer Project: Cows 'R Us
In the small coastal city of Monte Christe in the Dominican Republic, mesquite trees, cacti, dusty roads and farms stretch as far as the eye can see. The region's nickname--"We die of thirst"--rings with dry truth as residents line-up to buy high-priced...
The Last of Their Kind
As the War on Wildlife Continues, We're Losing Species at an Incredible Rate The big, slow-moving Galapagos tortoise is one of the most endangered animals on Earth, confined to dwindling populations on just five islands. On one of these islands...
Tree Power
Proper Landscaping Can Cut Utility Bills in Half Believe it or not, landscaping may be the best long-term investment for reducing home heating and cooling costs. An asset to your yard and community, proper tree, shrub and grass plantings can protect...