The Urban Jungle





Cover of Issue 14

Featured in this issue:


Happy Together


Tradition meets modernity in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan


By Kate Siber



The Plenty 20


From old-school Fortune 500 companies to start-ups barely out of first-round financing, businesses are committing big bucks to the green revolution. And while it seems like everyone’s doing it these days, we think these 20 companies are the ones pushing the ecological envelope. Whether it’s because of their reach, their potential, their influence, or the sheer genius of their innovations, we predict that each one will have a hand in changing the world in one way or another—sooner rather than later.


By Danielle Wood



Beyond Pigeons


Bird watching catches on in the urban jungle


By Susan M. Brackney



Letter from the Editor


An End to Corruption


By Mark Spellun




Spectrum:

Dance Dance Revolution


Harvesting energy generated on the dance floor


By Jacquelyn Lane



By the Numbers: Power Trip



Claim Check: Ozone Infused Water


Can ozone-infused water remove pesticides from fruits and veggies?


By Alisa Opar



Burning Question: Nuclear Energy


Should Environmentalists support nuclear energy?



Upcoming Events



Plenty Tip


Junk in the Junk Mail



Enviro 101


Geothermal Heating and Cooling



Current:


People: Big Changes at the Big Box


Wal-Mart's high-profle plunge into eco-friendly practices


By Richard Bradley



Tech: The Farmer in the High-Rise


Growing food in skyscrapers? Some scientists say it’s possible.


By Alisa Opar



Business: Cash for Carbon


The Chicago Climate Exchange is taking off. But will it soar?


By Kiera Butler



Motion: Truckin' Awesome


Willie Nelson brings biofuel to the red states


By Philip Armour



Thinking: Page-turner with a Point


In Kim Stanley Robinson’s newest novel, the race to save humanity is on


By Jessa Crispin



Thinking: New and Noteworthy



Thinking: The Wild Things are Everywhere


A nature-loving blogger in Boston sets out to discover one new species in the city every day


By Kiera Butler




Living:


Home: On the Rocks


A modern Nova Scotia home is inspired by local conditions and historic precedent


By David Sokol



Culture: e-greenies


A social networking site for the eco-savvy takes off


By Joshua Bernstein



Retreads: The Zip-up Artist


Look closely—you might find part of your last thrift-store donation in this crafter’s work


By Deborah Snoonian



Style: The Future is Nau


A progressive apparel company takes sustainability to the next level


By Carissa Wodehouse



Style: Beauty Products that Are Good Enough to Eat


By Erika Villani



Style: Once Upon a Pair


By Jacquelyn Lane



Health: Neighborhood Watch


Your surroundings can have a big impact on your health


By Christine Dell’Amore



Food: The Cheat-Local Diet


How to subsist on regional produce all winter—without flavor fatigue


By Christy Harrison



Food: Butter Bean and Spinach Soup



Food: All Buttered Up


By Christy Harrison



Green Gear:


Carefree Travel


Whether you're headed for a relaxing vacation in Costa Rica or a business trip meeting in Tokyo, you can jet set in style and comfort with our picks for the best eco-friendly luggage, beach reading, solar chargers, and more.



Plenty Labs:


Dilemma: Got a Six-Pack and Nothing to Do?


Q: I’ve always heard that we should cut up our plastic six-pack rings into tiny bits so that they don’t strangle ocean wildlife if they get washed out to sea. Is this still true? Wouldn’t the six-pack holders wind up in a landfill instead of the ocean?



Cheat Sheet: Sweat Equity


Plenty tests several natural antiperspirants


By Kiera Butler



Last Word: The Inspector


Backyard secrets brought to light


By Ragan Sutterfield




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