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This is the full table of contents of the print edition of OnEarth, Summer 2004; Volume 26, No.2. Articles available online appear as links.

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More Sky and Trees, Less Steel and Wire by Craig Canine
You've never heard of Vickie VanZandt, but with 21 million kilowatts of electric current at her fingertips, she's one powerful woman. VanZandt, chief engineer of a big chunk of the Pacific Northwest grid, is trying to use her power to bring America's creaking electrical transmission system into the twenty-first century -- while conserving energy and preserving the lush Northwest landscape.

Bush's Stealth Attacks by Laura Wright
There are almost a thousand advisory committees that are supposed to provide the federal government with objective, scientific guidance on myriad public policies and regulations. Under the Bush administration, industry has -- very quietly -- used some appalling stratagems to skirt the law and dismantle basic environmental safeguards.

Thinking Like a Salamander by Bruce Stutz
It's black and blue, it lives in that little pool at the edge of your yard, and to be honest it would be much happier if you'd stayed put in your old neighborhood. The blue-spotted salamander is one of the humble species whose habitat biologist Michael Klemens is trying to save from the ravages of suburban sprawl.

Saline Solutions: Turning Oceans Into Tap Water by Ted Levin
The idea of drinking seawater used to be dismissed as lunatic fringe. But as the technology grows more sophisticated and the costs come down, will the ocean be our guarantor of a drought-free future?

An American Eden by Rick Bass
In northwestern Montana, the author ventures into 10,000 acres of roadless wilderness. Though Gold Hill is not far from home, it's still a splendid place to get lost for a day.


  • A Top Predator Roars Back
  • Rainforest Blues
  • Taking the Heat Off the Poor
  • Old and in the Way?

    The View from NRDC
    by John H. Adams
    Against some very big adversaries, litigation -- or even the threat of it -- has remained a powerful tool for our environmental lawyers.

    An Appalachian rescue effort; purging dioxin from an imperiled bay; uncovering Dick Cheney; a way to help stop global warming that's cool -- and delicious.

    by Whitney Royster
    Cleaner fuels will save thousands from illness and help all of us breathe easier.

    Letter from the Editor
    by Douglas S. Barasch


    Living Green
    by Jane Holtz Kay
    If nature had intended us to drive everywhere, why did it fit us with feet instead of wheels? The author urges us to rediscover the pleasures of walking.

    Open Space
    by George Black
    If you're voted Green Hotel of the Year, why not boast about it?


  • A Bow by Ben Howard
  • A Creature Need Not See All Creatures by Clifford Paul Fetters

    Book Reviews
    Solar, wind, or biomass? Nuclear or clean coal? Jeffrey Sachs reviews two new books on what happens when the oil runs out.

  • This issue's cover photo: Brian Smale

    OnEarth. Summer 2004
    Copyright 2004 by the Natural Resources Defense Council