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. 14, No. 6, November-December

All for Show? Ringling Brothers' Circus Claims to Promote Conservation
On a cool, rainy afternoon, inside Philadelphia's Wachovia Center, children and parents crowd the cavernous hall trying to get a closer look at Asia, the elephant who paints with her trunk. Asia is a star of the "three-ring adventure" in the 133rd...
Beyond the Bite: How to Fight the West Nile Virus
Susan Sheldon's husband thrashed wildly about the kitchen trying to kill the one mosquito that, he believed, bit him four times. "You have to keep the door closed, he growled as he finally managed to swat the insect in mid-air. Sheldon, who was worried...
Calling All Composters: It's Cool and It's Hot
Think of composting and worms immediately come to mind, not to mention such unsettling concepts as decay and rot. But get beyond those initial nose-crinkling images and you will discover a process that is both amazing to watch and amazingly easy. And...
Farming Butterflies
The wedding was beautiful, the natural harmony of the union symbolized by the release of a thousand white butterflies into the blue skies of a perfect afternoon. But was it "beautiful" for the butterflies? Conservationists and most butter fly breeders...
Getting on Track: Talking Traffic in Portland and Seattle
Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon are very similar in size and scope, but the decisions they made years ago help explain why one city is still stuck in traffic and the other has found better things to do with its time. While the average Seattle...
Haste Makes Waste: Are We Paying for Cut-Rate, Shoddy Military Cleanup?
Rocky Flats nuclear facility became the Department of Energy's (DOE) golden child in July when the last of the weapons-grade plutonium stored there was shipped away ahead of schedule. For nearly 40 years, Rocky Flats, just 15 miles northwest of downtown...
How Sweet It Isn't? Natural Alternatives to Sugar, Minus the Calories and Carcinogens
While visiting my local coffee shop, I watched a presumably aware, health-conscious patron (she ordered a fair trade coffee with low-fat soymilk) quickly dump three packets of that ubiquitous aspartame sweetener in her beverage before heading out the...
It's the Media, Stupid
A local anti-fur rally I participated in years ago was attended by about 100 animal activists and a clique of 10 or so fur supporters, recruited by the fur show we were picketing. The local paper, which carried ads for all the local furriers, juxtaposed...
Keeping Alaska Hog Farm-Free
When Richard Metteer began publicly pitching his vision for raising hundreds of thousands of hogs amidst some of Alaska's most treasured ecosystems, he was met with protests from a diverse coalition of area residents. Metteer's project would produce...
Legal Eagle: Bobby Kennedy, Jr. Fights for the Environment-And for His Kids' Future
It was mid-afternoon inside Aloysius Hall, on the campus of the Pace University Environmental Litigation Clinic in White Plains, New York. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who founded the clinic in 1986, sat behind a "judge's bench" with co-director Karl Coplan....
Looking South: Latin America Offers Sustainable Investment Opportunities
As the American economy continues to lag, more and more socially and environmentally responsible investors are looking south to find promising venture capital opportunities. While much of the rest of the world is bogged down in recession and cowed...
Portable Power: An Eco-Conscious Guide to Batteries
Without batteries, more than 500,000 Americans would not have woken up on time this morning. Nearly 150 million would be stuck in traffic with dead engines. And 400 million would be talking to themselves on their dead cell phones. From pace makers...
Saving Soil, Farming Fish, and Greening Communities
How serious is the problem of soil erosion, and what can be done about it?--Brandi, Fort Worth, TX The "dirt" beneath our feet plays a variety of supporting roles. It gives plants a foothold so they can root, filters rainwater and provides a record...
Take Back Your Time: Should We Be Working Less and Enjoying Ourselves More?
In 1999, telephone line repairman Brent Churchill was killed by 7,200 volts of electricity. He had worked almost continuously for three days with less than five hours of sleep when he inadvertently grabbed a live cable without his insulating gloves....
The Reckoning: Global Warming Is Likely to Cause Huge Climatic Changes-And Possibly a New Ice Age
What killed the saber-toothed tiger, the mastodon and the mammoth, formidable animals that were on top of the food chain in North America 20,000 years ago? Was it fierce Stone Age hunters as has commonly been assumed, or the little-studied but very...
Urban Wal-Marts: No Big Easy
Pres Kabacoff of Historic Restoration is the very picture of the hard-charging, smart growth-based developer, whose projects (in New Orleans and St. Louis) tend toward revitalization of derelict inner-city properties and brownfields. His track record...
Wild Water: Rafting the Kennebec in Untamed Northern Maine
One of the most popular water park rides these days is the whitewater experience, in which a raft on tracks runs through some simulated rapids. "You WILL get wet!" reads the sign. The ride is fire, but for some real whitewater rafting, give northern...