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. 17, No. 1, January-February

A House Made from Paper: Were the Three Little Pigs Right after All?
Forget the old saying that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Now you can live in a paper house that's so strong stones won't make a dent. Ask Kate Thayer and Clyde Curry of Marathon, Texas about the advantages of building with...
Beyond Organic: Discovering the Secrets of Biodynamic Foods
From small family farms threatened by big agribusiness and suburban sprawl to environmental destruction from soil erosion and overuse of pesticides, agriculture today faces many challenges. Consumers and farmers alike are looking for more natural approaches....
Biodiesel: The Burning Question
If you're thinking that a brave new world of agriculturally derived, clean-burning biodiesel fuel is going to wean us off petroleum, you'd better think again. Not even the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) thinks that. In the near future, NBB believes...
Boring from Within: Shareholder Activism Makes an Impact
While the concept of screening bad corporate actors out of socially responsible investment (SRI) funds dates back to the early 1970s, the latest tactic involves actually investing in companies with spotty track records in order to affect change from...
Can Hurricanes Be Stopped?
Peter Cordani is a man with a plan--a plan to block hurricanes from causing so much destruction. While the federal government plans to spend $200 billion on repairs and cleanup after the devastation of this past hurricane season, Cordani will be quietly...
Caring about Carbon: Weddings-And World Conferences-Go CO2 Neutral
At Jeanne Braha Troy's wedding last summer, guests left without any ace-bedecked pictures of the bride and groom, fancy candles or daintily wrapped mints. They didn't leave empty-handed, though: At one of the world's first climate-neutral weddings,...
Compassionate Conservation: A Real Answer to High Oil Prices
When it comes to the three "Rs" of environment often seems that the first R--reduce--receives short shrift. And when it comes to energy policy, reducing impact means conserving energy--something that's simple in theory but which has often been at the...
Consider the Alternatives
HYDROGEN Fuel-cell vehicles run on hydrogen gas, the most abundant element in the universe. The fuel cell, which chemically converts hydrogen to electricity (with water as a byproduct), has the potential to eventually replace the internal-combustion...
Ditching SUVs and Breeding Beefalos
Have high oil prices of late really caused Americans to buy fewer SUVs, or is this just a myth?--Shane Wiener, Royal Oak, Michigan Is it indeed true that sales of sport utility vehicles (SUVs)--not to mention pickup trucks and vans--have plummeted...
Education Period
According to Susie Hewson, founder of Natracare, "Even if your feminine hygiene products aren't dogging your toilet, filling up the nation's landfills, killing off our marine life or inducing toxic shock syndrome, they may still be exposing your body...
Extreme Makeover: Green Edition: As "Eco" Moves Mainstream, Experts Are There to Help
Knowing what's truly environmentally responsible and what's just hype (or greenwashing) can e tough for the average person. There are whole constellations of products that boast of being natural, preservative-free, "fair traded" and healthy, but it...
Good Neighbor ALCOA
Something's fouling the air in Texas, and Rockdale residents blame the billowing smokestacks on the horizon. When John yon Gonten, a former poultry farmer in Rockdale, came down with sinus and respiratory problems and severe headaches, he suspected...
Hot Flashes: Hormone Mimics Wreak Havoc on Women's Health
By age 36, I was living in hormone hell. I bled in between menstrual cycles, had constant vaginal irritation, polycystic ovaries, night sweats, insomnia, painful joints, debilitating fatigue and brain fog. My digestion was terrible. Perhaps most distressing...
In Defense of Mountains: On the Frontlines against Destructive Mining
It was early in the morning of July 5 when Ed Wiley arrived at the West Virginia state capitol building and began his hunger strike. Many hours later, he was still sitting on the steps, refusing to move, eat or leave until he could speak with the governor....
Men Have Needs Too
Aubrey Organics has completely revamped its entire line of men's products to include hair, skin and facial care. With products ranging from $8 to $22.50, the Men's Stock collection is both affordable and functional. The Ginseng Biotin Hair Care system...
Mining Trouble
In recent years, high commodities prices, lax national laws and corrupt governments have intensified interest in mining Latin America's vast ore lodes. But miners are increasingly pitted against indigenous movements demanding, sometimes violently,...
Nigeria of the North: Oil Sands Frenzy Threatens Alberta Environment
Record profits coupled with little or no regulation of the oil industry, and it's off to the races once again in Canada as far as natural resources versus the health of the environment are concerned. This time the triggering mechanism is the tremendous...
Speaking for the Trees: A Powerful Coalition Works to Protect Armenian Forests
Decades of oppressive, one-party rule and economic embargoes have left Armenia overwhelmingly poor and desperate. And poverty has led to destruction of the very natural resources that are the country's most precious heritage. A mostly mountainous...
The Hydrogen House: Fueling a Dream
In the northernmost reaches of Scottsdale, Arizona, Bryan Beaulieu, an engineer and inventor with 20 patents in structural systems, recently built a $2 million solar-and-hydrogen-powered "dream" house. Though not the most expensive residence in this...
The Jaguar Man: Wildlife Biologist Octavio Rosas Fights for the Big Cats
Wild jaguars in the U.S.? What sounds implausible was proven true in 1996 when two male jaguars were photographed, first in southern New Mexico and then in Arizona. Until that time, experts had concluded that our hemisphere's biggest cat--seldom seen...
The Outlook on Oil: Some Experts Worry That Production Will Soon Peak. Others Warn That It Already Has
In 1938, oil was discovered at Dhahran, near the Persian Gulf, and a small oasis became a modern city, complete with the sleek headquarters of the Saudi Aramco national oil company. If you're an American or British oil worker, life is good in the Dhahran...
The Spoils of Oil
If you're like me, your head will be spinning reading Jim Motavalli's cover story this issue ("The Outlook on Oil,", page 26). How can so many "experts" and "industry analysts" have such varying opinions as to when we will--or when we did--reach the...
Treading Lightly in Alaska: Living It Up in Sadie Cove
As the skipper of the water taxi down-shifted, I could see my destination like a welcoming beacon dead ahead. The Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, only 10 miles as the crow flies from the fishing village of Homer, was worlds away from the rat race I was...
What's Killing the Seabirds? the Mysterious West Coast Dieoff
Kathleen Wolgemuth has long walked the beaches along Ocean Shores, Washington and has admired the Brandt's cormorants she sees swooping overhead. So when she spotted the feathery blob on the beach last May, she was excited--a dead Brandt's cormorant,...