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. 6, November-December

Adventures in Mushrooming: Homegrown Mushrooms Are a Simple Kit Away
When I received my mushroom kit in the mail, it looked like a small shoebox. The instructions took me only five minutes to follow: Stand the box upright, open the perforated window slice through the plastic sheet with a knife, and "mist" the surface....
A Loo for You
Portland's newest outdoor public bathrooms are far from high-tech--unless you count the fact that they have their own Twitter and Facebook pages. The simple, 100% solar-powered, graffiti-proof-coated bathrooms dubbed "Portland Loos" really put the...
Amazing "Solar Generator" Is like Having a Secret Power Plant Hidden in Your Home! Last Train out to Get off the Grid?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] New solar powered backup provides instant electrical power in any outage or disaster. If you have ever wanted to have an emergency backup system that supplies continuous electrical power, this will be the most important...
Better Breathing: Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Indoor air pollution is a monster with dozens of heads, including mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bacteria, viruses, insect droppings, pets, dander, dust, tobacco smoke, dust mites, skin flakes and combustion byproducts....
Bottom-Line Appeal: Colleges Commit to the Billion Dollar Green Challenge
Energy efficiency, is "not very sexy," says Mark Orlowski, founder and executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute (endowmentsinstitute.org). Insulation lacks the visibility and high-tech appeal of solar panels and wind turbines. Still,...
Eating Nano: Processed Foods and Food Packaging Already Contain Nanoparticles-Some of Which Could Be Harmful to Our Health
Our food supply is not nearly as safety-tested as we would like to believe. True, things are not as dire as they were in the early 20th century when Upton Sinclair's The Jungle exposed the filth of the meatpacking industry, leading to reforms that...
Embracing the Blue: Winter Wear Raises the Green Bar
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Winter's here--what to wear? The environmentalist in you wants something functional that's made with a minimal impact. But your inner fashionista demands some style as well. Luckily several manufacturers have risen to the...
Flights of the Future: Companies-And the Military-Are Moving Forward with Super Fast, Super Efficient Hydrogen-Fueled Planes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The long lines will be the same. So, too, the sluggish security check-ins and navigation through tourists, crying babies and businesspeople to stow your slightly too big carry-on bag. The flight attendants will still recite...
For Her
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OLIVE BASKET There's a lot to love about olives: The olive tree is the symbol of peace; its leafy branches once crowned victors; and the olive itself has been revered as a fruit for thousands of years for its health properties....
It's Bananas! Bananas and Other Produce May Soon Come in Chemical Coats
Bananas are one of the most popular--and I healthy--fruits in the world, but they may lose their coveted status once their peels are coated with non-safety tested, transparent Engineered Nanoscale Materials (ENMs) to retain moisture and slow spoilage....
Moving In
After waging war on wildlife for decades-hunting them for fur and feathers, building suburbs and shopping centers in their habitat and thinning their numbers with speeding minivans--they've bounced back. Jim Sterba, a Longtime New York Times and Wall...
Rethinking Farms: Author Dan Imhoff on What a Sustainable Farm Really Looks Like
When it comes to sustainable food and farming, author and researcher Dan Imhoff likes to get his hands dirty. He not only edited CAFO: The Tragedy of Industnal Animal Factories (Earth Aware Editions) a coffee table-style book of industrialized meat...
Safe for Consumption?
It's uncomfortable to acknowledge that not only are we largely unaware of nanoparticles in our food supply, but that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can offer little in the way of specifics. Contacted for this issue's cover story oil the...
Scenes from a Mine: Activists Converge on the Largest Mountaintop Removal Site in West Virginia
Parts of West Virginia are, as the old John Denver song goes, "almost heaven." The Gauley and New rivers in Fayette County provide worldclass whitewater rafting and several nearby lakes offer sparkling water for boating and swimming. Other parts--the...
Staying Grounded: A Climate Scientist Challenges Carbon Offsets by Refusing to Fly
Kevin Anderson, deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester in Britain, has grounded himself. His self-imposed ban on flying has lasted seven years and counting. Anderson is compelled to lead by...
Stunted Growth: Nano-Pesticides Are Being hHailed as the Next Big Thing in Agriculture-But There Could Be Unintended Consequences
Among countless other applications, the emerging field of nanotechnology could revolutionize pesticide use. For instance, nanoencapsulated pesticides will have he ability to kill targeted insects only--reducing the effective dose when compared to traditional...
The Perils of Parabens: Chemicals in Our Beauty Products Linked to Breast Cancer
parabens are widely used as germ-fighting preservatives in a number of cosmetics and personal care products including deodorant, shampoo, makeup, lotion and toothpaste. Methylparaben and propylparaben are the most common, each appearing in well over...
Under the Arches: Desert Discoveries in Moab, Utah
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While the fantastic desert landscapes around Moab, Utah, may not be as untracked as they were a half century ago when Edward Abbey worked there as a seasonal ranger and wrote what would become the environmental classic...
Using Big Data to Improve Health: Geo-Medicine Combines Pollution and Health Data to Better Inform Patients, Doctors and Researchers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Louisville, Kentucky, 21 pharmacies act as gateways between patients and a new high-tech asthma inhaler equipped with a sensor to keep track of when and where it is used. Each time the patient takes a puff; a sensor...