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. 23, No. 5, September-October

An Island Full of Green: Aruba's Parks, Reefs and Wind Turbines Are a Sight to Behold
You can't drive fast on the northern coast of Aruba; the roads are narrow and rustic, signs are few, and it's easy to take a wrong turn. But we were happy to take our time. Driving slow, my girlfriend and I could admire the cliffs, the turquoise sky,...
Climate Politics: Heatwaves, Droughts and Glacier Melts Make Global Warming Difficult to Deny
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In mid-July a chunk of ice larger than the size of Manhattan broke off a glacier in Iceland and floated away. The same week, British police closed their criminal investigation into the 2009 "Climategate" email hacking case...
Clocking Fewer Miles: Car Buying Is Down and We're Driving Less. Has the Love Affair with the Car Come to an End?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Make no mistake about it. People are driving less. "The love affair with the car is over," says Jack Trout, founder of a strategic marketing firm in Greenwich, Connecticut. Trout blames traffic, high energy costs and the...
Communities Push Back
For years, residents of Easton, Pennsylvania, watched as hydraulic fracking swept across Washington County located on the Marcellus Shale, bringing with it money and environmental worries. Now they and other communities across the U.S. are enacting...
Cooking in the Sun
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A small, all-volunteer nonprofit headed by a retired U.S. Foreign Service representative is part of a global effort to fight hardwood deforestation, global warming and respiratory disease worldwide. Solar Household Energy...
Electrified Highway
Electric vehicles (EVs) can now cruise the Pacific Northwest with unprecedented ease on the new West Coast Electric Highway, a 200-mile stretch of Interstate 5 with a fast-charge plug-in station every 25 miles. By the end of 2012, the Electric Highway...
For the Birds: Actress and Audubon Supporter Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander is best known for her on-screen and on-stage performances. She has won two Emmys, a Tony Award (for The Great White Hope) and has been nominated for four Academy Awards. Though she has made her name in films like Kramer vs. Kramer, All...
Germany's Renewable Energy Gamble: Germany Dumps Nuclear and Moves to an Aggressive Clean Energy Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Energiewende is a German word en route to joining the English language, like angst and sauerkraut did long ago. It means "energy transition," and refers to Germany's historic plans to shift to a green economy based solely...
Greened Up Kicks: Sneakers So Green You Can Plant Them in the Ground
According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Americans purchased two billion pairs of shoes last year, and Recyclebank (a company that promotes recycling through discounts and deals), reports that 300 million pairs are thrown into landfills...
Green Job Hunting: Matching Your Skills with Available Green Jobs
In the wake of ever-present unemployment following the 2008 recession, looking for a job can be stressful. For those who are either entering the workforce for the first time or re-entering it, finding a job is especially difficult. But if you're on...
Growing Solutions to Radioactive Waste: How Algae and Mushrooms (but Not Sunflowers) Can Help Clean Up Fukushima
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In their efforts to clean up radioactive contamination from the world's second-worst nuclear disaster, scientists and public servants are enlisting help from a surprising source: living organisms like sunflowers and mushrooms....
Half a Trillion Dollars
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That's how much money was offered in commitments by the end of the Rio + 20 conference held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, this past June. The conference was the 20-year follow-up to the original Earth Summit in Rio--a gathering...
Not Keeping Quiet
Has it really been half a century since Rachel Carson gave us Silent Spring and made sure that moving forward we could no longer claim ignorance when it came to chemicals? The country girl who grew up outside of heavily polluted Pittsburgh, became...
Owning Your Energy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's easy to feel helpless about home energy--as though for all you do to conserve it, you've got little control over how it's produced and managed. Power From the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy...
Packed in Plastic: Chemicals from Plastic in Our Food Supply Pose Real Health Concerns
A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives measuring plastic packaging found that exposure to the chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and the phthalate DEHP were substantially reduced when participants ate food with limited plastic packaging. Looking...
Shine On: Ditch the Chemicals and Make Your Own Cleaners
As the number of household cleaning products has increased, so have the amount of unsafe chemical combinations in our window cleaners, oven cleaners, bathtub scrubbers and wood shiners. Most products on the market today feature paragraph-long ingredient...
Tapping into Tides
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This past July, the Department of Energy (DOE) and Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) announced the launch of the first commercial tidal power project in the U.S., to be located in the nation's northeastern-most city of...
The Book That Changed the World: 50 Years after Silent Spring, Rachel Carson Still Has Something to Teach Us
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Rachel Carson was growing up in a five-room farmhouse in the small town of Springdale, Pennsylvania, the land was in ruin. Pittsburgh lay only 18 miles away, and over 1,000 factories gushed coal smoke into the air. Steamboats...
The Yin and the Yang: The Macrobiotic Diet Strives for Dietary Balance
I sit possible to achieve perfect dietary balance? Proponents of the macrobiotic diet say they have found the healthy Holy Grail, but for many the long list of restrictions are a turnoff. The macrobiotic diet is high in grains and natural, unprocessed...
Under Wraps: Grow Fresh Veggies All Winter with a Cold Frame
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Winter is the mortal enemy of gardeners and backyard farmers from Florida to Saskatchewan. No matter how well a person waters and weeds during summertime, eventually Jack Frost will assassinate even the most lovingly tended...