The Car of the Future


April/May 2008




Cover of Issue 21

Featured in this issue:


Go, Clean Racer, Go


Yes, the auto industry is ripe for revolution - but what will the car of the future look like? What's under the hood? Who will make it? And when will that clean machine (silently) roar? One expert surveys the scene.


By Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran



The People's Weather


At this summer’s Beijing Olympics, China puts a 50-year experiment to the test: Officials are betting weather modification can keep the sun shining on the Games. Despite shaky science, the government is confident (not for the first time) that man can best nature. Whatever their chances, there’s plenty at stake—because all that development and urban renewal won’t look so good beneath a curtain of smog.


By Tom Scocca



Disappearing Destinations


Oftentimes, the journey is the ultimate goal. But with these seven regions in transition, the story is in the hot spots themselves



Letter from the Editor


The Car of the Future (Coming sooner than you think)


By Mark Spellun




Spectrum:

One Shot: A New Leaf



He Said/She Said



Politics: Presidental Smackdown


Where do the leading candidates stand of environmental issues?


By Ben Whitford



Eco Speak: Anthropocene



The Big Picture


By Bob Ekstein



Film: Keep it Reel


By Tobin Hack



Music: Calls of the Wild


By T.H.



Nightlife: Good, Clean Fun


By Eric Demby



Tech: TV Turnover


By Susan Cosier



Burning Question


How Will You Celebrate Earth Day 2008?



Life in the Green Zone


Lizz Winstead comes clean as a McDonald's french fry predator. Yup, she's lovin' it.


By Lizz Winstead



Current:


Science: Acid Influx


Side effects may include coral demise, beach erosion, and biodiversity loss


By Victoria Schlesinger



Science: Lost in Migration


Birds that navigate vast distances are especially vulnerable to climate change


By Sarah Parsons



Ask a Scientist


Why is smog worse in the summer?



Findings



Business: Solar Synergy


Dot-com meets green in Sun Microsystems' Blackbox


By Dan Fost



Business: Bakelite 2.0


By Steven Kotler



Business: Values Funds


By Helen Kaiao Chang



Tech: Sunny Forcast


Solar energy on the rise



Tech: Electrifying Breakthroughs


Better battery technology will make eco cars road-ready


By Victoria Schlesinger



Tech: On the Drawing Board


Solar Plane & Beyond LEDs



Activist in Residence


Bill McKibben takes stuffporn (that stack of unwanted catalogs in your mailbox) to task


By Bill McKibben




Living:


People: Eco Star - Jack Johnson


10 questions for the man who would make a killer opening act if Mother Nature were playing live at your local arena



Travel: Trip Fix


A volunteer vacation in Guatemala lets you have fun while helping the country rebuild


By Jennifer Block



Going Places: Miami


If you're one of the seven million tourists visiting South Beach this year, it's best to tread lightly. Here's how.


By Andrew Paine Bradbury



Travel: Capitol Improvements



Travel: Glass Act



Travel: Rocking the Boat



Food: Into the Wild


More locally minded than locavore and more fundamental than organic, foraging is the next - and most natural - food frontier


By Jen Murphy



Food: Salt of the Earth


By Jessica Tzerman



Food: Special Delivery



Food: Farm to Fork with Dan Barber


Dan Barber elevates ingredients like asparagus, peas, and farm-fresh eggs into a spectacular spring dish


By Dan Barber



Food: The Hautest State


By Heather Wagner



Home: To the Lighthouse


Architect Walter Brooks' self-described "little house of light" delivers big ideas for living simply and sustainably


By Amber Bravo



Home: Ins & Outs


Investment pieces to enliven a room or patio


By Heather Wagner



DIY: Trash to Treasure


Artful Nesting Tables


By Ki Nassauer & Sue Whitney



The Green Fiend


Annemarie Conte makes grass-fed cheese - and a royal mess - in her kitchen


By Annemarie Conte



Style: Design of the Times


Top eco clothiers share what they like about the latest crop of earth-friendly fabrics


By Zoe Cormier



Capsule Reviews: Green Media


New music, film, and reading for the envirophile


By Tobin Hack



Green Gear:


Eternal Spring


Picks for making the most out of the spring season - rain or shine


By Jessica Tzerman



Plenty Labs:


Organic Cereals


We sampled a cartful of boxes to find the tastiest and most nutritious


By Mia Owen



Antiaging Moisturizers


By Stacey Stapleton



Best of the Rest: Spring Cleaning



Trade This for That: Compact Discs



Green, Greener, Greenest


Three-tiered solutions to dry cleaning


By Lori Bongiorno



The Last Word


Karaoke can be fun - but try being the resident crooner to a pair of farm animals


By Doug Dine




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