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. 16, No. 3, May-June

Auto Exposure: Do Immune System Diseases Have an Environmental Cause?
Nearly 20 years ago, as a young graduate student, Canadian wildlife biologist Peter Ross investigated a massive die-off of harbor seals in the Baltic Sea. The problem, it turned out, was their immune systems. Their habitat was so full of polychlorinated...
Barbary Macaques: Wrongly Accused?
Threatened by erosion, desertification, overgrazing and global warming, cedar forests in the Moroccan Middle Atlas Mountains are going through a hard time. But what if an animal species that has inhabited the area for centuries is also a threat? ...
Borrowing Power: Financing Energy Efficiency through "Green" Mortgages
When Caroline and Tommy Chang decided to refinance their 35-year-old home to take advantage of lower interest rates, their lender suggested financing energy improvements through their new mortgage deal as well. After having their home inspected and...
Climate for Change: England Gets Serious about Global Warming
According to the prestigious journal Nature, 2004 was the fourth-warmest year on record. And January 2005 was the second-warmest January of the past 27 years, says the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama. Despite evidence like...
Earth Sounds: Can Music and Nature Come Together?
Making a good point about the environment is a heavy burden to put on a piece of music. The great folksinger Woody Guthrie said, Music is in all of the sounds of nature and there never was a sound that was not music--the splash of an alligator, the...
Edible History: Discovering the Benefits of Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables
As commercial agribusiness tightens its control, maintaining the right to choose what's on our plates has never been more important. Monsanto, Dow, Con Agra, Archer Daniels Midland and a few others have taken an increasingly powerful role in the world's...
Extreme Weather: Is Global Warming to Blame?
Climate experts warn us that the first sign of a shifting climate will be turbulent, unpredictable weather. So when Hurricane Jeanne crashed ashore in Florida in September of 2004--the fourth hurricane to blow through the region in less than six weeks--environmentalists...
For Love of Bats: Rehabilitators Assist These Misunderstood Mammals
"Life has a way of dropping bombshells just when you least expect them," says Amanda Lollar, who was enjoying her life as the co-owner of a small furniture store in the town of Mineral Wells, Texas. Amanda's bombshell weighed only 11 grams and was...
Green Life Support
Our cover story this issue was inspired by a paper that began circulating in environmental circles back in September entitled "The Death Of Environmentalism?" It laments the increasing lack of public, political and media attention to environmental...
Learning from Mount St. Helens
It's been a quarter century since the big eruption at Mount St. Helens that killed 57 people and devastated 230 square miles of formerly verdant forest. While much of the devastation remains, what has astounded scientists who gathered to commemorate...
Party on the Patio: Alternative Materials Help Make the Most of Outdoor Spaces
With summer right around the corner, installing a new deck may be the first step in planning a season of outdoor events. Fortunately, there are environmentally friendly alternatives to unsustainable and rot-prone wood-based decks. One option is...
Saving the Snow Leopard
Snow leopard pelts command high prices in the black market fur trade, while bones from these wild cats are in demand as remedies prescribed by traditional Asian medicine. However, half a world away, the snow leopard is being marketed in an entirely...
Segway Safaris: Touring Florida's Amelia Island in Style
The perimeter of Amelia's Wheels recreation garage is lined with bicycles of all sizes, some with baby carriers, others without. Employees in white polo shirts pass out helmets and walkie-talkies to the visitors. Others whizz into the garage on machines...
The Paiute Mining Disaster
The Yerington Anaconda Mine in northern Nevada was one of the world's largest producers of copper from 1953 to 2000. Today, nearby residents complain the defunct site is a major polluter. The Yerington Paiute Tribe's (YPT) Campbell Ranch Reservation...
Thou Shalt Not Kill; Non-Lethal Shelters Are the New "Humane Societies"
Imagine having a death sentence over your head, and hoping against hope for an unlikely reprieve. It sounds cruel and unusual, but it's reality for millions of animals living in pet shelters. Their fate rests on their "adoptability" and the ability...
Toxic Furniture and Mad Deer
Is it true that furniture is a major contributor to indoor air pollution? --Jon Kaplan, Brooklyn, NY Many toxic materials are used in traditional furniture-making processes. The paints, varnishes and waxes commonly employed can release the volatile...
Trashing the Greens: Reports of Environmentalism's "Death" May Be Exaggerated
In 1992, according to Canada-based Environics Research Group, 17 percent of Americans agreed with the statement that "pollution [is] necessary to preserve jobs." In 2004, a whopping 29 percent agreed with it. In the same time span, there was also a...