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This is the full table of contents of the print edition of OnEarth, Winter 2002; Volume 23, No.4. Articles available online appear as links.

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The Way We Live Now: A Special Section
American Insight by Bill McKibben
Since September 11, the nation has been grieving, fighting, and looking for hope. Now more than ever, values at the core of environmentalism ring true.

Nation of Poisons by David Corn
The terrorist attacks raised the threat of environmental toxics in a new and terrifying form. Now, environmentalists have become arms controllers.

Too Close for Comfort by Peter Bradford
Most Americans are finding it harder than ever to take their local nuclear power plants for granted. A former Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner forecasts a cloudy future for an industry that suddenly looks vulnerable -- in more ways than one.

Oil and Power by Denis Hayes and Lisa A. Hayes
Never have the weaknesses caused by America's dependence on fossil fuels been more apparent. And never have the alternatives looked so good.

Zero by Elizabeth Dodd

Elegy by William Heyen

Comfort by Mary Oliver

River of a Thousand Promises by Patty Wentz
Last spring, the feds turned off the irrigators in Klamath Falls, Oregon, to save some endangered fish. Farmers went wild. The media ate it up. But there's a bigger story -- about bald eagles, salmon fishers, Indians, and promises that could never be kept.

Haywire by Dwight Holing
Alfalfa uses a fourth of California's irrigation water-but makes up less than .1 percent of its economy. And it's grown in the desert. What's wrong with this picture?

Buy Less! Drive Less! Feel Great! by Lisa Jones
Betsy Taylor has a nine-step plan to help you cut stress and improve your life. (Did we mention saving the world?)


  • Old Radials, New Houses
  • Reefer Madness
  • Brave New Herd
  • Spin Machine: Oil Slick
  • Ribbons & Rebukes

    The View from NRDC
    by John H. Adams
    To hear some in Washington, D.C., tell it, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is our patriotic duty. Now is the time to tell them that our real national security need is to cure our crippling addiction to oil.

    Thousands of members make a difference in Costa Rica; D-Day in Belize; making the grade in San Francisco; the incredible disintegrating mall; a Long Island idyll; words to live by; and more.

    by Jill Davis
    Cleaning up the water in California might take a superhero -- or barring that, a thirty-six-year-old with a briefcase.

    Washington Watch
    Congress is considering legislation to protect the nuclear and chemical industries from terrorist attacks. What's necessary, and what goes too far.

    Letter from the Editor
    by Kathrin Day Lassila

    Out with the old, in with the new; living green isn't all that easy; where have you gone, Mike Dombeck?; low-flow toilets, round two.

    Living Green

  • Eco-Friendly Flooring
  • Carpet's Dirty Little Secrets

    When the streams start running black, head for the hills.


  • Shaker Gifts by Chris Agee
  • The Snow Geese by Mary Oliver
  • Not Tomorrow Maybe, but Soon by Philip Appleman
  • Alpine Forget-Me-Nots by Reg Saner

    Book Reviews
    Six out of the seven species of sea turtles are dying from a disease you've never heard of. What their struggle says about the state of the world's oceans. By David M. Carroll

  • This issue's cover photo: Alison Rosa

    OnEarth. Winter 2002
    Copyright 2001 by the Natural Resources Defense Council