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. 6, November-December

Ashes to Ashes
For years the killer stalked Detroit and its suburbs undetected. Now it has unleashed an epidemic that will kill millions. The killer is an insect, the emerald ash borer, and the victims are ash trees. "The emerald ash borer, without question, is...
CDs and DVDs Find New Life and Hybrid Vigor Hits the Road
How can I recycle my unwanted CDs and DVDs? --Mike Wells, Oswego, IL Compact discs (CDs) and digital videodiscs (DVDs) have become the de facto standards for media storage and playback for millions of consumers and businesses around the world....
Code Blue: Mobilizing to Save the Oceans
Two high-level commissions have issued a clear message in the past year: Americans are unintentionally destroying the oceans through pollution, over-development and over-fishing. These reports have generated a tidal wave of marine metaphors, with commentators...
Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Conservation Medicine Links Human and Animal Health with the Environment
Last June, Jeff Kaminski was a promising graduate student in Virginia Tech's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Services, conducting field studies in Appalachia on the effects of logging on small mammal populations. In July, he was dead of acute...
Conservation Health
It's called "conservation medicine," but perhaps a better name would be conservation health," implying a preventive approach that embraces the precautionary principle. The basic idea is simple, but it's seldom observed: "When an activity raises threats...
Damming Belize
Belize's western mountains are an ecotourist's dream: a largely uninhabited region of dense tropical forests, wild rivers, cave complexes, Maya ruins and bountiful wildlife. While many of its Central American neighbors were clearing forests to make...
Department of Environmental Corruption
Sometimes the most interesting environmental stories occur on the state and local level, where their implications tend to be ignored by the media. In a story that got little play outside the capital city of Hartford last July, Anne Rapkin, a former...
Flower Power: With an Entrepreneur's Jump Start, the Organic Market Blossoms
Gerald Prolman has always liked big challenges. Several years after graduating from college, he jump-started Made in Nature, one of the first organic produce distributors in the U.S. He sold the company to Dole and then helped the giant grower develop...
Frozen Crystal Balls: Ice Cores Offer Clues to the Climate
At a site called Dome C on the eastern side of the Antarctic continent, the European Project for Ice Coring in the Antarctic (EPICA) recently removed cylinders of ice from a depth of nearly two miles. When the crew returns in December to finish the...
Good Cooking: A Green Retrofit for Your Kitchen
When lifelong environmentalists Kim Wells and Bob Scheulen set out to renovate their kitchen in Seattle, they wanted to be as green as sensible," but feared putting their values first would mean draining their bank account. But instead they were pleasantly...
Greening Venture Capital: Are Clean Technologies the Next New Thing?
In the wake of the dot-com bust, forward-thinking investors have been in search of the next big thing to revolutionize the economy while lining their own pockets. Many venture capitalists seem to be banking on the so-called "clean tech" sector--startups...
Has the Bald Eagle Landed? Environmentalists Are Split on Delisting America's National Symbol
Just 30 years ago, the once-abundant bald eagle--America's national symbol--was in danger of extinction in its primary habitat across the contiguous 48 states. DDT poisoning, plume hunting and sprawl had conspired against the majestic raptor, despite...
Mary Pearl: Looking for Hot Spots
Mary Pearl is the president of Wildlife Trust, which makes connections between the health of ecosystems, animals and humans. She has been with the New York-based Trust since 1998, following a stint at the Wildlife Conservation Society. A Yale Ph.D.,...
Perks for Pets: Nutritional Supplements for Fluffy and Fido
There's little question that Americans love their pets dearly. A recent survey by the American Animal Hospital Association reveals that four out of five pet owners consider their pets to be their children. And just as parents try to provide the best...
Peru's Wild Life: Touring the Amazon Basin
With hundreds of species extinct every day in the world's tropical rainforests, eco-travelers need to see Peru's cradle of the world's biodiversity while there are still intact tracts. Posada Amazonas, an eco-lodge along the Tambopata River deep in...
Peter Daszak: Exploring Disease Pathways
Peter Daszak is the executive director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine (CCM), but he's also a working scientist. His credits include identifying the first case of a disease causing the extinction of a species, discovering the connection...
Safe and Sound: Protecting Kids from Environmental Hazards
Expectant mothers are notorious worriers. As the nesting instinct kick in, they will lower their bellies down to the floor to scrub every corner with a toothbrush. This craziness makes them climb tall ladders to organize a messy closet shelf. In some...
The Drug War on the Amazon: Colombia's National Parks Threatened by Aerial Fumigation
If you were standing in the Amazon jungle in the south of Colombia, you would be in one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet, home to one-sixth of the world's bird species, more than 45,000 different kinds of tropical plants, and hundreds...
To Be Green, Eat Green: Discovering the Benefits of Leafy Vegetables
As a kid, the only salads I liked came from my grandma's organic garden: Give me glossy A bright leaves of romaine and curly leaves of chicory along with fresh tomatoes and I was in heaven. At restaurants I was always disappointed by salads: Anemic-looking...
Too Darn Hot: Global Warming Accelerates the Spread of Disease
Heat stress is probably the most obvious thing people think of when the idea of global warming comes up. A heat wave in Europe during the summer of 2003 killed more than 10,000 people in France alone. Many of the dead were elderly; the group most likely...
Womb Pollution?
If you're pregnant and living in one of our many cities with unacceptable air quality, consider this: A study released last June by the Columbia University Center for Children's Environmental Health demonstrates that developing fetuses are more susceptible...