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. 19, No. 5, September-October

A Hammock in the Palms: Tropical, Secluded and Committed to Green: Bangaram Island Resort
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The heat of the white sand hit my bare feet as I stepped off the little blue raft that carried guests from boat to beach. Just a few steps brought us to a palm-thatched bar. The shade was welcome, as was the drink from a freshly...
A New Decider
"Back in 2000 a Republican friend warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won, the stock market would tank, we'd lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched. You know what? I did vote for Gore, he did win, and I'll be...
Chasing the Chestnut
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Efforts to save the American chestnut go beyond ecology. "We've lost the American elm and the flowering dogwood, yet all this effort is going into this one particular species," says Dr. Brian McCarthy, the secretary of The...
Covered in Oil
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a statement issued July 3, 2008, the Sierra Club accused GOP presidential candidate John McCain of turning Big Oil donations into an attack ad campaign. The campaign's television spot criticizes Democrat Barack Obama's...
Cruising on a Current: Electric Two-Wheelers Offer a Way to Cut Back and Cut Loose
Motorheads with an environmental streak might drool over the $100,000 Tesla roadster, or dream of where the Chevy Volt will take them once it hits the market in a couple of years. But you needn't wait, or break the bank, if you want to go electric....
Green Notes from a Political Insider: Commentary from the Legislative Director of the League of Conservation Voters
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), where I am the legislative director, is calling--loudly--for a strong global warming bill that brings about a clean energy future. The World Health Organization estimates that global warming already cuts short...
Growing Green Lawyers: Law Clinics Provide an Environmental Last Line of Defense
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] These lawyers have challenged federal fuel efficiency standards for light trucks and SUVs, paved the way for wolf reintroduction in the Northeast, stopped a landfill from being built next to a national park, made killing fish...
Make Love, Not Waste: Bringing Environmentalism into the Bedroom
People are now evaluating all aspects of their lives through a green lens, including their most intimate encounters. Lest no area of one's ecological overhaul go unexamined, here are some thoughts on greening one's sex life. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Nukes: An Environmental Lesson on McCain's Nuclear Ambitions
John McCain's energy plan includes the construction of 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030, and 55 more in the future. The Republican presidential candidate also supports the plan to open Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as the permanent facility to store the...
Ocean Scheming
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Climos, a company that has staked its fortunes on removing carbon from the atmosphere, is seeking another $10 million to test ocean iron fertilization in the Southern Ocean, despite a United Nations ban on the practice. Faced...
Presidential Science Lessons: Bush Made an Enemy of Scientists. the Next President Needs Them to Help Set a New Course for American Exploration
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Early in the administration of the next president, the first synthetic organism--a bacteria-like creature--is due for production in the United States. When that happens, the president, the U.S. public and the world will be...
The Big, Bulky Truth about Beds: Recycling Mattresses and Going Organic
Old mattresses are heavy, uncomfortable and bad for your back. They are also environmental freeloaders. Those creaky, lumpy mattresses are made up of almost a half dozen intricately interwoven materials, making them extremely difficult to break down...
The Breakdown
Comparing candidates' environmental positions is a new political phenomenon, and never has it been more important. Both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have said they will maximize resources while searching for better energy solutions,...
The Ethical Hunter in Africa: Big Game Hunters Make a Claim for Conservation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To 62-year-old David Peterson, who lives in a hand-built mountainside cabin in Colorado and writes books about ethical hunting, the notion is simple: "If you're killing something and not eating it, you have no moral standing."...
The Great Elephant Debate
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1995, there were just 8,000 elephants in South Africa--today there are over 20,000. Each elephant consumes over 660 pounds of grass, trees and leaves a day, straining the ecosystem. South Africa's solution was a reversal...
The President Needs a Plan: Sustainable Growth Specialist Dr. Robert Freilich Outlines a Real U.S. Energy Policy
Trial lawyer Dr. Robert Freilich, who has tried over 160 cases and argued several before the Supreme Court, is focused on land-how to best use it, sustain it and maximize its resources--and has developed land-use planning systems for more than 250...
The Tofu Trap: Our Soy Habit Has Environmental Consequences
Like many people at the natural foods store, I buy a lot of soy products. I'm not vegetarian or vegan, but I steer away from meats and dairies. I use vanilla soymilk with my cereal, I'll pick up Soy Delicious ice cream from time to time and, when I...
Troubled Waters: "Ocean Deserts" Are Expanding, Disrupting Habitats and Suffocating Marine Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The world's oceans are heating up. And like a bottle of pop left out in the sun, they're going flat. Except instead of carbon dioxide, they're losing oxygen. As with most liquids, water's ability to dissolve oxygen largely...
Turn It Around: Recycling Is a Massive Industry with Lots of Investment Potential
When we invest in recycling ompanies, we're investing in energy efficiency--it takes much less energy to make new materials from old ones than from fresh cut trees or mined metals. We're investing in climate change solutions because when we use less...
Unleash the Wasps: Controversial Measures to Save the Nation's Ash Trees
Hundreds of Chinese wasps, each no larger than a sesame seed, were released in Michigan last summer in the latest effort by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to control the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The...
Welcome to Neutral Town
Can an entire town turn carbon neutral? The village of Ashton Hayes, England (population 1,000), thinks so, and is in the process of becoming the first town in the world with zero net carbon emissions. "As a community we felt that it was important...
What's Wrong with the Way the Environmental Protection Agency Is Being Run-And What Can Be Done to Fix It
Something is wrong at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In recent years, there have been congressional investigations into political collusion with chemical industry forces, outcry about the quiet closure of EPA libraries and a steady stream...
When the Ants Come Marching In
Dear Earth Talk: In renovating a vacation cabin, I discovered carpenter ants working their way through the walls. Is there any way to responsibly get rid of the pests without using noxious chemicals that could potentially harm my family?--Curran Clark,...
Why Renewables Are Still Just around the Corner
Pat Robertson is conservative Christianity's charismatic spokesperson. Reverand Al Sharpton is the outspoken activist leader of black America. They are very different leaders for very different followers: the sharp right and the sharp left; the conservative...
Winds of Change at Logan Airport
The Massachusetts Port Authority is exploring the possibility of using wind power to generate electricity at Logan Airport. Its demonstration project--the installation of 20 building-integrated turbines at the Logan Office Center--began at the end...