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This is the full table of contents of the print edition of OnEarth, Spring 2005; Volume 27, No.1. Articles available online appear as links.

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Who Owns This River? by Alex Shoumatoff
In the 1960s and 1970s, a large, powerful utility dammed many of the rivers that drain Manitoba's vast boreal forest, ruining unspoiled wilderness in the ancestral territories of Canada's First Nations. Now Manitoba Hydro is planning to do it again with a spate of new dams; its new power lines would run straight through a proposed World Heritage site. This time, though, the opposition is fierce. Our story begins with a ravishing river called the Bloodvein...

Europe's Black Triangle Turns Green by Bruce Stutz
For 50 years, the Soviet Union turned a huge swath of Central Europe into an industrial wasteland. But since Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution in 1989, a mix of enlightened government, European Union funding, and international scientific cooperation has brought the region back from the dead.

Alexander's Marvelous Machine by Jill Davis
The idea of generating electricity from moving water without the need for dams is so new that its pioneers haven't even settled on a name for it: free-flow hydropower, unconventional hydropower, kinetic hydropower? Whatever you call it, a Russian-born engineer named Alexander Gorlov is convinced that it will change the world.


  • Building the Hydrogen Boom
  • The Hot New Vintages
  • The Human Animal
  • The Suburban Pilgrim
  • A Seedy Character
  • Oakes Award
  • Not for the Squeamish
  • Killing 'Em Softly

    The View from NRDC: Legalizing Pollution
    by John H. Adams
    A new Congress is in town, and America's landmark environmental protections are on the chopping block. But with the help of our members, we plan to keep the extremists at bay.

    Legalizing sewage dumping; energy vampires lurking in your home; a really green baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals; an Olympic gold medalist dons her skis to fight global warming; and a dubious plan for protecting the United States' borders.

    Ask NRDC
    Compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs, save energy, but they also contain mercury. Should I use them?

    Fieldwork: Dogging the Feds
    by Elliott Negin
    NRDC attorney Geoff Fettus' work forces the government clean up its illegally disposed nuclear waste.

    Letter from the Editor
    by Douglas S. Barasch


    Living Green: How Green Is Our Valley
    by Gary Paul Nabhan
    Remember the milkman? It's time to reconnect. Networks of local farmers, farmers' markets, grocery stores, and restaurants are reviving our connection with the land and recalling a day when each region had its own distinctive cuisine.

    Open Space: The Red, the Blue, and the Green
    by Joel Gillespie
    Why shouldn't a conservative evangelical Christian also be a passionate environmentalist?


  • "The Southern Book of the Dead" by Debora Greger
  • "By the Little Pamet River in Winter" by Brendan Galvin
  • "Seven Caveats in May" by Maxine Kumin
  • "The Scented Birch Near the Fountain Where You Walk"
    by Sarah M. Brownsberger

    Book Reviews
    Bill McKibben enters the debate over Jared Diamond's Collapse. Also, an Environmental Protection Agency whistle-blower examines his ex-boss's political memoir, and thoughts on H2O.

  • This issue's cover photo: Don Sullivan

    OnEarth. Spring 2005
    Copyright 2005 by the Natural Resources Defense Council