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. 15, No. 2, March-April

A Spoon Full of Sugar: What Drug Companies Don't Want You to Know
Several years ago, I went to the doctor feeling tired and stressed out and after a 10-minute visit came home with a prescription brupopion (brand name Wellbutrin). The doctor and I didn't discuss possible side effects, alternatives, or many other aspects...
Body-Care Brawl: Tensions Mount over Organic Labeling of "Hydrosol"
In 1988, when she was just 29, Diana Kaye was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The aggressive disease is one of the fastest-growing forms of cancer and has been linked in various studies to exposure to toxic chemicals. Kaye enrolled in an experimental...
Can Whaling Be Sustainable?
It's been a difficult year for opponents of whaling. In August, Iceland announced it would resume whale hunting after a 14 year hiatus. Norway--the only nation in the world that has a commercial whale hunt killed 647 minkes, the largest catch since...
Europe's Green Bins
Suppose in addition to your blue bin for recyclables, you had a green one for kitchen scraps? And suppose that those scraps were collected and mixed with yard waste, then processed in small, low-emission factories into compost and a clean fuel that...
Growing Pains: Recycling Is Maturing, and Facing New Challenges
When Ohio University recycling manager Ed Newman wants to see how the campus is recycling he goes right to the heart of the matter--into the dumpster. Though numbers show that students and faculty are recycling a decent 25 to 30 percent of residence...
Just like Cheese? Avoiding "Addiction" with Dairy-Free Alternatives
Recently, I lost 15 pounds by eliminating cheese, sweets and alcohol from my diet. Giving up cookies and soy ice cream wasn't so hard, and switching to unsweetened soymilk was easy. Even eliminating alcohol wasn't really as big of a challenge as I...
Making Change, One Share at a Time
The setting was something out of George Orwell's 1984. Outside, armed guards stood on the auditorium's roof watching over environmental protestors; inside, an enormous TV screen dominated the room with its Big Brother image of "The Great and Powerful...
Meet the Farm Bureau: Does It Speak for the Family Farmer-Or for Large-Scale Agribusiness?
Before he goes to his job as communications director for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Bryce Oates has to feed his free-range chickens, who are being raised on an antibiotic- and hormone-free diet. Like most farmers in Missouri, Oates can't make...
Michigan's Makeover: Governor Jennifer Granholm Champions Smart Growth
Well before she ran as a centrist Democrat and was elected handily to become the first woman to govern Michigan, Jennifer Granholm understood that joining urban Democrats with suburban Republican swing voters was her formula for victory. What ideas...
Money-Back Guarantee: Tax Breaks for Renewable Energy
Consumers interested in purchasing environmentally friendly technologies--from solar panels to hybrid cars--have traditionally relied on their state governments for financial help via tax credits and rebates. But as pressure to diversify the country's...
Mutual Funds That Matter
Though many socially conscious mutual funds have screens for environmental issues and do shareholder activism, there are only half a dozen that make environmental issues a priority. One of those (which is also on a hot streak) is Winslow Green Growth...
New Life for Old Floors: Alternative Materials Add Character to Home Designs
When updating a home, one of the best things you can do for your health and your property value is to get rid of that dusty, allergen-trapping old carpet. But then what? There's a dizzying array of flooring options. But thinking ecologically can help...
Protecting Estuaries, Kid's Eco-Books and Green Yoga
Is there a connection between practicing yoga and protecting the environment?--Rachelle Gould, Cambridge, MA The modern practice of yoga is rooted in the complex belief systems of ancient India. According to Yoga Journal, hatha yoga emerged in the...
Shelley Alpern: Shareholder Activist
When Allied Signal held its annual meeting in 1999, Shelley Alpern, director of social research at Trillium Asset Management, was there, charging that executive compensation is "out of control" and demanding a sustainable policy of pay equity. Alpern,...
The Real Bottom Line
In our capitalist world, success in business (and, by extension, life as a whole) is measured almost solely by financial profit. Companies that make some of the most dangerous and unhealthy products, like weapons and cigarettes, are exceedingly profitable...
The Roof of the World: Tourism in Nepal Strikes a Delicate Balance
To reach the best place to see Mount Everest (known locally as Sagarmatha), from Nepal s capital city of Kathmandu you first take a half-hour flight on a small plane to Lukla, then walk 31 miles to the small city of Namche. The trekking is by foot,...
Trouble on the Bayou
Each April, the people of Terrebonne Parish convene in Chauvin, some 80 miles south of New Orleans, for the Blessing of the Fleet, heralding the ar rival of shrimp season. As spring gathers, though, a threat to this community's traditional means of...
Watching the Wildcrafters: Overharvesting Threatens the Booming Herbal Industry
Officers confiscated plants with a market value of $250 to $500 per pound flora two homes in New York. In Indiana, a two-year investigation led to the issuing of search warrants, misdemeanor charges and the bust of six traffickers. Ordinary drug dealers?...
Wolves in Westchester
A wolf howls in the autumn morning, and is joined by three other voices. It could be Alaska, but instead it's tony Westchester County in the suburbs of New York City, where no wolves have lived for more than a century. These wolves aren't wild; they're...
Working Capital: Can Socially Responsible Investing Make a Great Green Leap Forward?
The basic premise of socially responsible investing is simple: If money makes the world go 'round, greener, more humane investments can improve the way it spins. Want sustainably managed forests? Provide loans or capital to eco-minded timber companies....