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This is the full table of contents of the print edition of OnEarth, Winter 2006; Volume 27, No. 4. Articles available online appear as links.

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Bad Chemistry: A Special Report by Gay Daly
You may never have heard of endocrine disruptors. After you read this article, you will never forget them. A story about the most underreported threat to our health, fertility, and intelligence.

Mammoth Mystery by Sharon Levy
Almost as soon as the first humans set foot in North America, the mastodons, giant sloths, and other megafauna began dying. For decades, scientists have argued over the reasons: Was climate change to blame or were the huge mammals hunted to extinction? A paleoecologist named Guy Robinson has a new theory -- and he doesn't mind getting his hands dirty to prove it.

Forecast: Dry and Brutal by Alex Shoumatoff
A warming climate, years of drought, an exploding population, and rampant deforestation are turning the scruffy acacia forests of West Africa's Sahel region into a burgeoning desert. Oh well, you say-that's just how it goes in Africa. But desertification threatens 19 million square miles of the earth's land surface. So when it comes to the fate of countries like Mali, we need to pay close attention.


  • Settling In for the Long Haul
  • A Little More Ice with Your Bourbon?
  • If It's Good for Business
  • Green Greens
  • Life After Katrina
  • Paving Houston's Wetlands
  • Field of Dreams

    The View from NRDC: New Leadership for a New Era
    by Frances Beinecke
    Hurricane Katrina crystallized the urgency of today's environmental challenges. As Frances Beinecke takes the helm, NRDC prepares to tackle them head-on.

    Katrina reignites the battle over offshore oil drilling; new hope for a mercury-tainted Appalachian river; mountain lions and endangered birds find refuge in Orange County, California; and tax credits that will help you save energy -- and money.

    Ask NRDC
    My daughter loves tuna fish sandwiches, but I know there's mercury in fish. How much can she safely eat?

    Fieldwork: Clearing the Air
    Meet the team that helps keep our nation's Clean Air Act safe from harm.

    Letter from the Editor
    by Douglas S. Barasch


    Living Green: The World's Coolest Skyscraper
    by Laura Wright
    The world's coolest, most environmentally sophisticated skyscraper is being built right now in the heart of Manhattan. Take a peek at its technological wonders.

    Open Space: The Wings of Winter
    by Maxine Kumin
    As the Northeast freezes over, savvy birds (and birdwatchers) head south. Grab your binoculars!

    "A Requiem For The Arctic Refuge" by John Haines

    Book Reviews
    Is there such a thing as wild America anymore? And exactly how far do you have to travel to find it? Bruce Stutz reviews Return to Wild America. Plus, the memoir of a mammoth scientist; and a radical, even ferocious approach to conservation.

  • This issue's cover photo: Paul Duda/Photo Researchers, Inc.

    OnEarth. Winter 2006
    Copyright 2005 by the Natural Resources Defense Council