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. 13, No. 5, September-October

Battling Blood Sugar: Environment and Diet Are Factors in Rising Adult-Onset Diabetes. (Your Health)
Seventeen million Americans have diabetes, and the incidence of new cases has increased 32 percent since 1990, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People are being diagnosed at younger and younger ages. Experts are...
Burned! Avoiding Environmentally Focused Investment Scams. (Money Matters)
Now that Internet stocks have boomed and busted, wonder how to get in early on the next big thing? Investors aren't the only ones looking for the next darlings of Wall Street--stock market con artists are also busy inventing the next hot stock....
Buying Green: Harnessing the Incredible Procurement Power of Governments, Hospitals, Colleges and America's Biggest Corporations to Protect the Environment
It's right there in President Clinton's 1998 Executive Order 13101. "Agencies," it says, "are encouraged to use all of the options available to them to determine the environmentally preferable attributes of products and services ..." Unfortunately,...
Chile's Salmon Stakes
The provincial outpost of Puerto Montt is home to one of Latin America's fastest-growing industries: farmed salmon. If everything goes as scheduled, over the next five years an estimated $8 billion in salmon exports will flow from this sparsely...
Deadly Beauty, Nontoxic News and Corporate Conscience. (Ask E)
Do major brand perfumes contain toxic chemicals?--Sara Morris, Houston, TX One rarely thinks of cosmetics as toxic substances. However, as author Kim Erickson writes in Drop-Dead Gorgeous, "Many of the poisons that pollute our environment--from...
Does the ADA Need a Root Canal? (Advice & Dissent: Letters from Our Readers)
"Heavy Metal Harm" was well written, clear and concise. However, there is one point that bears closer examination. On page 31, you write, "The American Dental Association (ADA) denies that there are any safety problems with dental amalgam. `Studies...
Dracula Lives, but His Theme Park Sucks
The taint of Nicholas Ceausecu's dictatorship still lingers over Romania like a stubborn odor. The present is not much better: 44 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Corruption is taken for granted in Romania, but there are some...
Easy Does It: The Slow Food Movement Takes on the Fast Food Culture. (Eating Right)
The sun was setting for the Delaware Bay oyster. Once a prominent cash crop for harvesters along New Jersey's southern shores, mismanagement, parasites and pollution depleted the river's raw bar and decimated a once-thriving trade. This seafood...
Flying Clean: Airline Recycling Is a Hit-and-Miss Proposition. (Currents)
Call it a fly-by-night operation. A flight attendant zips down the aisle, grabs an empty soda can from an airline passenger, mumbles any old answer when asked if it will be recycled, and stuffs the can in a trash bag. There's really no way of knowing...
Green for the Greens-Finally
Forget about Ralph Nader. The Green Party candidate to watch this fall is Jonathan Carter, who's running for governor in Maine. It's not that Carter is a household name nationally like Nader became two years ago. What makes Carter important around...
Green Havens: Urban Community Gardens Fight to Save Their Space. (Currents)
In the heart of downtown Manhattan, peeking out from between towering brick high-rises, is a little green oasis called the Liz Christy Garden. Inside, urban sojourners can watch fish and turtles glide beneath the surface of a pond. For others, the...
If You Come, They Will Build It. (E Word)
It's a no-brainer, really: You get the big guys--governments, hospitals, universities, big corporations, everyone who buys in volume--to demand green products and attributes. As a result, suppliers are forced to green up their products if they want...
Ill Winds. (the Chemical Plant Next Door)
From the time I was eight until I was 10, I lived in a pea-sized town down the road from the chemical plant and the munitions factory. Buffalo, Illinois had a bank, a grocery store, a post office and a park. And enough houses to hold three hundred...
New York City Reneges on Recycling
New York City's recycling program has suffered the biggest setback since its inception in 1989. In mid-June, at the 11th hour in budget negotiations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council agreed to suspend the collection of plastics for one...
Pretty in Plastic: Pleather Is a Versatile, Though Controversial, Alternative to Leather. (Consumer News)
Just when you were getting used to "fake" meat, faux fur and drinking milk from a plant, along comes "pleather," also known as "plastic leather." Before you hit the runway in your new non-leather jacket, however, you should know why some environmentalists...
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Wood Stove Pollution Is a Burning Issue. (House & Home)
Before tossing those aromatic wood chips on the barbecue, using the fireplace to celebrate that first brisk fall day or lighting a campfire in the great out-of-doors, you might want to consider this: Wood smoke can literally take your breath away....
The Burning West: After a Series of Tragic Fires, Loggers Go on the Offensive. (Currents)
Wildfires ravaging the American West have citizens, civic leaders and environmentalists searching for answers. Many blame our country's past attitude towards fire, and a U.S. Forest Service (symbolized by the venerable Smoky Bear) that has been...
The High Desert: Taos Is More Than Great Skiing. (Going Green)
It was nearly 50 years ago that Swiss-born Ernie Blake flew over the Taos mountains in his Cessna 170, and noted that it offered skiing comparable to his native land. The Taos Ski Valley resort, now named as one of the top 10 destinations in North...
The Sun Valley Experiment. (Currents)
Winter flooding in the Los Angeles area is often so severe that lives and homes are routinely lost in mudslides. Yet, the thirst for a stable water supply has defined this desert city. In 1913, the local water company built an ingenious but ethically...
Toxic Teeth. (Advice and Dissent: Letters from Our Readers)
Thanks for your article "Heavy Metal Harm" (cover story, May/June 2002) on mercury. We are being subtly poisoned in this culture. No one else is putting it on the front cover. I discovered mercury as the major factor wrecking my health in 1998....