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. 21, No. 2, March-April

Arsenic and Old Studies: Pressure Is on to Ban a Hazardous but Profitable Feed Additive
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was almost a decade ago when seven families in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, a town of only about 2,500 people, got together to discuss the high number of rare cancers diagnosed there in recent years. Many of the afflicted were...
A Trip through the Tundra: Canoeing in Canada's Barrenlands
Canada's Barrenlands are anything but. On a summer canoe trip, we found this huge swath of sub-Arctic tundra pulsing with as much variety as you could pack into a single ecosystem. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most of the year, North America's largest...
Behind the Greens: Economics and Energy Expert Paul W. MacAvoy: 5 Questions of Environmental Leaders
Best remembered for coining the phrase "voodoo economics" during the Reagan administration, economist Paul W. MacAvoy has spent a 30-year career at the intersection of energy markets and government regulation and served as a board member of the United...
Caution: Radiation: Weighing the Risks of Over-Screening
Sometimes the desire for good health is overwhelmed by the fear of bad health. The middle-aged man, for instance, conscience-stricken by a lifetime of bacon-and-eggs breakfasts, wakes up one morning and wants to get a thorough heart scan. Someone suggests...
E Word: Under Water
Last year's World Water rum (WWF), held in Turkey, was included in the book Censored 2010 (Seven Stories Press) as one of the most under-reported important stories of 2009. Certainly the topic--the fate and future of the world's dwindling water supplies--was...
From Clunkers to Couture: The Hottest Handbags Made from Car Parts
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that automotive recyclers can utilize up to 80% of the materials from a used vehicle, including steel, aluminum, plastics, batteries and tires. The remaining 20%, known as auto shredder residue, ends...
Going Gray: Trim Your Water Footprint-And Bill-With Gray Water
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In this tough economy, everyone is looking for ways to trim their household expenses, whether by putting in new insulation, compact florescent bulbs or a vegetable garden. But there's another, often overlooked, way: using...
Going the Distance: An Interview with Live Earth CEO Kevin Wall
Unsafe drinking water kills more people each year than wars and violent conflicts, and it is estimated that by 2025, nearly two-thirds of the world population will be affected by water-stressed conditions Unlikely partners Live Earth--the eco-consciousness...
Hosting a Great Green Wedding: Top 10 Eco-Wedding Ideas
Each year, more than two million brides and grooms get hitched in the U.S. That s a lot of food, flowers and favors--and a whole bunch of waste and carbon emissions. Luckily, it's becoming easier than ever to green your wedding. 1. Go Local Using...
Investing in Community: A Truly Diversified Portfolio Is about More Than Money
When disaster strikes, you cant power your refrigerator with alternative energy mutual funds; you can't fix your broken water filter with U.S. savings bonds; and you can't eat your cash reserves. Financial advisors recommend that to protect ourselves...
Lords of Water: Finding Our Way out of the World's Water Crisis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A year ago, the World Water Forum (WWF), the world's largest water policy gathering, met in Istanbul, Turkey. Organized every three years by the World Water Council (WWC), the forum is billed as "an all-inclusive, multi-stakeholder...
Reversing the Flow: Connecting the U.S. to Global Water Causes
Earth Day Network's lesser-known side project is called the Global Water Network. Unlike the much more visible Earth Day--celebrating its April 22 40th anniversary this year with projects that include "A Billion Acts of Green," 40 school green building...
The Drill's about to Drop: In New York, New Ways to Find Oil and Gas Pose Serious Environmental Threats
While climate change has been a driving force in speeding the development of renewable energy sources, it has also given new life to the search for "better" fossil fuels. Natural gas had been a fuel source on the decline, but the amount of proven domestic...
The Green Building Battles: As Eco-Friendly Building Takes off, the Fight Is on to Define What It Means to Be Green
As many as one in every five new homes and a quarter of municipal buildings and office towers are expected to qualify as "green" buildings o years from now. But what does that really mean? There is no single standard. Instead, a broad array of organizations...
The Sticky Truth: Weighing the Sugar Alternatives, from Agave to Yacon
Americans love sweets. We start the day with a sweetened breakfast cereal, breakfast bars, toast with a sweet spread, or a breakfast pastry. As the day progresses, we indulge in sweet beverages from soda to tea, and keep our sweet tooth satiated with...
TV Time & Sewer Talk
Dear EarthTalk: Years ago I read that children should be kept at least two feet from the television because of harmful electronic emissions. Is this still relevant?--Horst E. Mehring, Oconomowoc, WI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sitting "too" close...