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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, March-April

A Cut Above: More Hair Salons Are Going Green
When she first opened her co-friendly hair salon in August, Kara Walston had no idea the amount of buzz she would generate. As someone who is environmentally conscious, it made sense to Walston that her business, Hush Hush Bang Bang in Costa Mesa,...
Becoming Sustainability Natives: The Obama Children Attend an Innovative Green School
First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama may be part of a new generation of "sustainability natives." The term refers to those "who think and do naturally" what their parents will always find a bit unusual, according to Rachel Gutter, senior manager of...
Behind the Greens: Filmmaker Josh Tickell: 5 Questions of Environmental Leaders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Josh Tickell is one of the nation's leading experts on clean energy, and his life's work has been a decade-long investigation into breaking America from a seemingly insurmountable addiction to oil. His latest documentary,...
Bring Back the Bees: Creating a Buzz-Worthy Yard
Honeybees do a lot for us. We harvest their honey and put them to work pollinating our crops. Their beeswax makes great candles and furniture polishes, and is an ingredient in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Propolis, the resins bees collect for hive...
Cut Down: Clearcutting in California's Sierra Nevada Forest Leaves a Barren Wasteland Behind
Like a giant red beetle, the machine grabs the pine tree with its claw, severs it from the ground in one, quick motion, shears off its branches, drops it to the ground and reaches out to devour the next tree. At a pace of under a tree a minute, one...
Finally Fighting Emissions: California's Battle to Regulate Greenhouse Gases from Cars Goes National
In his eight years in office, W. Bush was an exemplary ally of the Detroit auto companies-if encouraging them to produce gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks can be considered the act of a friend. One of the many acts committed by the Bush administration to...
Forest Watch: The Future of the Country's Public Forests Is Far from Clear
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Environmentalists girded for two contradictory possibilities in the first months of the Obama administration: the rapid rollback efforts by the Bush White House to open more of the country's public forests to logging, mining...
Go Topless
Dear EarthTalk: Everyone knows we should recycle metal, glass and plastic cans and bottles, but what about all the lids, tops and caps? I see people recycling plastic bottles, for example, with their caps on, but I've always been told to thrown them...
Growing the First Garden
Daniel Simon knew he wasn't speeding when the cop pulled up behind him in rural Virginia. It was impossible to go too fast. Turned out the officer was just curious--he'd never seen an upside-down school bus with a garden on top. "It gets better," says...
Here Come the Floods: As Water Levels Rise, Designers Find Sometimes Counterintuitive Solutions
A warmer world means higher seas. Global warming not only accelerates glacial melt, but also causes ocean water to expand in volume. Projections vary widely, but seas will likely rise by at least seven inches by 2100--and possibly by as much as several...
Muddy Waters: The Push for Better Clean Water Protection
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In these first months of the Obama administration, many issues loom large on the national radar. There's the economic crisis, the need for health care reform and concerns about energy and climate change, to name just three....
Nice Spread: Better Butters, Minus the Peanuts
Peanut butter has long held monopoly on the nut butter market. But the rising tide of peanut allergies--and last January's salmonella outbreak in peanut products that left more than 500 sick and eight dead--have made the former lunchtime staple a lot...
President for the Planet: Obama's Assembled the Green Team, but They Can't Solve This Crisis Alone
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] President Obama's biggest hurdle in taking on environmental challenges may be widespread consumer denial. This doesn't just include global warming skeptics, although those have been increasingly vocal as the U.S. faced a particularly...
President Obama
Emotions ran high on the National Mall January 20 as 1.8 million people, yours truly among them, showed up to witness an historical inauguration and to commune over what Barack Obama--not only our first African-American president, but also a highly...
Reel Green Doc-Making
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] American University professor Larry Engel was prompted to write the rules of green movie-making after yet another film class ended with a trail of disposable cups and plastic water bottles in its wake. In a first for the industry,...
Reforming the Corps: With a Backlog of Projects and Dismal History, the Army Corps of Engineers Needs an Overhaul
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The stated purpose of the The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is to "provide vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our nation's security, engage the economy and reduce risks from disasters."...
Safety in Green: Even in Tumultuous Times, Green Investing Holds Promise
Volatile economic times have a way of scaring investors into what they perceive as "safe" money moves--investing in large, established companies with long track records and historically healthy returns. Green companies are, in many cases, newer, smaller...
Secret Allergen Attacks: Where to Find Indoor Allergy and Asthma Triggers, and How to Stop Them
Some sources of indoor allergens are well known: mattresses and bed pillows infested with dust mites, for example, and carpeting that contains pet dander. Others are more secret. If you or anyone in your family has allergies or asthma, getting to know...
Solar to Go: A Mobile Solar Generator Makes Going Off-Grid a Little Easier
John and Victoria McBride fell in love with their 100-acre California ranch the minute they set eyes on it. The property, located in the hills of northern San Luis Obispo County's wine country, had a stunning view overlooking Santa Margarita Lake....
The Green Roadmap: Environmental Groups Present the President with a Shared Vision
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the weeks before he took office, advocates for the environment and conservation lined up to give President Barack Obama their expert advice. The Society for Conservation Biology was among the groups at the December 2008...
Treading More Lightly: Capturing the Sun in the Mojave Desert
As I walk into a clearing between hundred-foot-tall palm trees, I see a towering array of photovoltaic panels tilted en masse toward the sun. Park management company Xanterra has installed this impressive solar phalanx, smack-dab in the middle of its...
What Garden State? EPA Head Lisa Jackson Draws Mixed Reviews from the Environmental Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] President Barack Obama drew plenty of praise when he announced that Lisa Jackson, New Jersey's environmental chief, was his choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But her critics are equally vocal, and they...