Behind the Greens


  • Mad About Madagascar
    Mesmerized by a Mini-Continent Along the road in rural Madagascar, giant baobab trees sit like vegetable elephants and malnourished children dance in hopes that travelers will toss them money. Our van, lurching over the rutted Malagasy National Highway, had long passed the last wooden shanty when the front tire fell off and rolled away. Some […]


  • The Green Tax Rebellion
    Several forward-thinking states are stimulating consumer demand for alternative energy by offering cash back on photovoltaics, small wind turbines, fuel cells and solar thermal systems installed in homes. Likewise, a wide range of regional conservation incentive programs is taking root as utility deregulation continues to drive energy prices higher from coast to coast. By Roddy Scheer"> <META NAME=


  • Rewriting the Recipe
    Modern Kitchens Try Their Hand at Dairy-less Desserts On the holiday dinner table, a delectable bounty of homemade goodies greets your eye—a veritable sea of fudge, cookies, meringues and mousse stretching out to the horizon of red-and-green tablecloth. Most people would slip into a sublime coma at the very first pass, but if you’re in […]


  • Piling It On
    Commercial carpeting can off-gas lots of chemicals so buyer beware. Luckily there are starting to be more and more healthy options that are also easier on the environment out there.



  • Energy-Efficent Big Appliances
    Labor-saving big appliances-dishwashers, refridgerators, clothes washers/dryers and air conditioners - can drastically reduce the house holder's workload and increase comfort levels. But traditional appliances are no friend to the environment. Their clean white facades hide the soul of polluters. They use countless megajoules of electricty and billions of gallons of gallons of water, accelerating fuel consumption, dam building and air pollution. How could appliances dedicated to making things clean be so dirty.


  • New Different
    Want to organize phony grassroots organizations, spy on citizens, "create" news, and thwart democracy? If you're an E reader, probably not. But, Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry, by PR Watch editors John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, will show you how it's done. This detailed, well-researched expose about public relations blows the lid off the multi-billion-dollar corporate greenwashing industry. Readers get the inside scoop on how mega-PR firms like Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum PR influence and concoct the news to put the best face on corporate and government pollution and lawlessness. Published by Common Courage Press, the book is $20.95 postpaid. Available from: