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. 3, May-June

A Blizzard of Paper
A recent University of California-Berkeley study found that information stored electronically grew by a whopping 80 percent between 1999 and 2002. And even though less than one tenth of one percent of that data was printed, the amount of printed matter...
Best for Baby: Natural Alternatives Promote Healthy Kids
The birth of a child gives parents a very big and happy incentive to make organic choices. Business is booming for today's growing contingent of environmentally responsive companies selling eco-healthy children's products. Perhaps the most natural--and...
Clearing the Air with Hybrid Buses
The soot spewing from the exhaust pipes of diesel buses doesn't just look dirty, it is dirty, accounting for 20 percent of U.S. air pollution, says the Natural Resources Defense Council. Some forward-thinking transit agencies are fighting back with...
Confronting Chlorine
TO ACHIEVE ITS PEARLY WHITE COLOR, most paper goes through a bleaching process that uses some of the world s more toxic chemicals. Assuming we can't live without bright white paper, does it have to be bleached with chlorine, or are there feasible alternatives?...
Credit Where It's Due: Green Credit Unions Do Well by Doing Good
While many of us may feel we don't have the extra money, let alone the spare time, to take the plunge into the vortex of socially responsible investing (SRI), just about everyone has a bank account. A developing trend in banking allows customers' deposits...
Energizing Wood Power: Replacing Fossil Fuels in a "Clean Energy" Economy
Three towering smokestacks rise from the fossil fuel-fired Schiller Power Station in the quaint New England city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Built more than 50 years ago, Schiller is a striking example of a dirty, coal-burning power plant constructed...
Green, but Clean: Breaking the Lawn-Care Pesticide Cycle
Elise Craig lives in a garden apartment in Portland, Oregon, where children roll in the grass and run barefoot across lawns in the summer light. A year ago, she realized that whenever the landlord spread lawn-care chemicals on the grass, her six-year-old...
Greening Cuba: The Island's New Environmentalism Faces Challenges
The students of the escuela primeria in Los Tumbos, a village nestled deep within the rich agricultural province of Pinar Del Rio, constantly hover around the computer awarded to the school a year ago. Their computer runs off of two small solar panels...
Injecting Mercury: Is Thimerosal the Missing Link to Autism and Developmental Problems?
No one could accuse Lyn Redwood of being anti-vaccination or suspicious of the medical establishment. After all, the Atlanta, Georgia resident was a nurse practitioner and member of her county's board of health, which promoted childhood vaccination....
Last Stand for Hawaiian Birds
In Maui's Haleakala National Park, at an elevation of 7,000 feet, Hosmer Grove serves as a rather enchanting memorial to a failed experiment. In 1910, German-born Ralph Hosmer planted 86 varieties of non-native trees in Maui, including the eucalyptus...
Plantation Pines: The Paper Industry Moves South
Flying over the 500,O00-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year in a Cessna 180 operated by the nonprofit group Southwings, writer Chris Camuto could clearly see evidence of the park's enormous and breathtaking biodiversity, home to an estimated...
Pollution off the Starboard Bow
From Barbie dolls to the latest consumer gadgets, most of the goods stocking North American store shelves arrive by ship. Large marine vessels such as container ships and oil tankers are one of the least-regulated sources of air pollution in the United...
Pulp Friction: Debating the Paper Alternatives
Hemp- and kenaf-based paper, often made with imported pulp, is now widely used in environmental circles, but there are a fair number of dissenters. Rick Meis of Treecycle Recycled Paper recently asked if such non-wood fibers are not simply taking the...
Restoring Iraq's Eden
Anyone who watched the 2003 television coverage of coalition troops hurtling across barren desert wastelands through raging dust storms saw the legendary marshes of Iraq--at least what was left of them. The dry, cracked, seemingly endless stretches...
Sustainable Scotland: Hike, Bike, Kayak and Birdwatch among Natural Splendor
Scotland's green reputation now stretches beyond its famous golf course fairways. A hill walker's heaven, Scotland's mountainous terrain has long attracted avid hikers, cyclists and wildlife watchers. Its majestic lochs, salmon-packed rivers, cloud-cloaked...
The Digital Debate, Chasing Paper and Swimming Green
What are some tips on maintaining a "green" swimming pool?--Jim Humphey, North Andover, MA Evidence on the dangers of chlorine continues to mount, as a recent study shows a possible link of child asthma cases to exposure of chlorine byproducts used...
The Low-Carb Conundrum: Can Environmentalists "Go Atkins" and Still Eat Healthfully?
Last week, my favorite health-food supermarket was invaded with little red-and-blue circular signs. They read "Low-Carb" and appeared on everything from tomatoes to bulk cashews to reformulated bread and pasta. I've been trying to ignore the carb-counting...
The Nuke Next Door: Do Cancers Cluster around Atomic Plants?
Raised on fresh fruits and vegetables by his vegetarian mother, Ty-Michael Schmidt never even had a cold or ear infection before the age of five. Then doctors found a tumor in his abdomen. His mother, and some scientists, suspect the tumor has something...
The Paper Chase: The Paperless Office Is Still a Distant Dream. in the Interim, We Should Be Recycling More and Developing Alternatives to Wood-Based Paper
While many futurists predicted that we'd be enjoying the paperless office around this time, Americans are still at the epicenter of a paper blizzard. Were you under the impression that the electronic age would free us from all that? According to The...
Through the Smoke: China Embraces Sustainability-One City at a Time
When China announced last November that it would impose strict new fuel-economy standards for small cars and minivans, it was only one sign that the world's most populated country is headed down a more sustainable path--while the U.S. moves in the...