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This is the full table of contents of the print edition of OnEarth, Spring 2006; Volume 28, No.1. You can have the whole magazine delivered to your door four times a year by clicking here and joining NRDC.


California Illuminates the World by Craig Canine
They're an odd but dynamic duo: A visionary particle physicist and the state's most adroit political operator have created a blueprint for energy efficiency that could help the world curb its insatiable demand for electric power.

Return of the Black Rhino by Rick Bass
The last of these rare and exotic creatures were nearly driven to extinction by poachers; then the poachers were transformed into protectors. How a blend of economic incentives, community involvement, and conservation science made Namibia's black rhinos more valuable alive than dead.

Rough Burial by Elizabeth Royte
Six months after Katrina, New Orleans still looks like a war zone, as emergency workers in "Baghdad on the Bayou" T-shirts try to figure out what to do with 22 million tons of debris.

The Edelweiss Institute 1912 cartoon by James Stevenson
Get an insider's view of this nearly forgotten think tank, whose long-neglected, seminal text, The Earth Is Ours: Help Yourself, is making a comeback among our nation's leaders. Could this be where Dick Cheney gets all his great ideas?

Saving an American Icon by Susan Freinkel
A century ago the American chestnut was all but wiped out by a devastating blight. Now a group of passionate scientists are working to bring back the tree that defined our colonial landscape.


  • Are Pests the Problem -- or Pesticides?
  • Thai Tsunami Tribute
  • Physician to an Ailing Planet
  • The Shock of the New
  • Caribbean Passion Play
  • Your Car, Sir?

    The View from NRDC: Why We Court Controversy
    by Frances Beinecke
    New coal-burning technologies could help solve global warming. But that's not enough: Destructive coal-mining practices must also be reformed.

    New Orleans may be hazardous to your health; global warming puts polar bears on thin ice; hail a hybrid in the Big Apple; Colorado tells the oil and gas industry to clean up its act.

    Ask NRDC
    I see that importing beluga caviar has been banned. Should I just give up caviar?

    Fieldwork: The Nuclear Option
    Some think it's a solution to global warming, but atomic energy is still plagued with problems of its own.

    Letter from the Editor
    by Douglas S. Barasch


    Living Green: Hey, Mr. Energy Man: Lower my bills!
    by Laura Wright
    Is your house a bit too drafty these days? Are your utility bills going through the roof? Are you feeling remorse about all that energy you're gobbling up? It may be time for your very own home energy audit. Here's what you do.

    Open Space: Terminal Mirage
    by David Maisel
    In the industrial evaporation ponds and chemical weapons dumps that ring Utah's Great Salt Lake, an airborne photographer finds a strange kind of beauty.


  • "Savior," by Marian Pressler
  • "Getting a Grip," by Brendan Galvin

    Book Reviews
    Electricity from cheap coal powers our convenient lives -- and so we turn a blind eye as the Appalachians are toppled: Fenton Johnson reviews Lost Mountain. Plus, a book about global warming with some real staying power; and the weird history of the American lawn.

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    This issue's cover photo: Steve LaBadessa

    OnEarth. Spring 2006
    Copyright 2006 by the Natural Resources Defense Council