The Travel Issue


June/July 2008




Cover of Issue 22

Featured in this issue:


The Seven Eco Wonders of the World


Present and future landmarks that embody our new era of sustainability in a way that past lists never could have


By CC Sullivan



Adventures of a Lifetime


It’s not hard to put together a list of classic encounters with the natural world: journeying across the Serengeti, swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro. But the adventures on our list go a step further, helping us discover our place on this planet. From the ancient hunting rituals of the Kalahari Bushmen to the migration trails of polar bears, these ten trips are sure to awe and inspire.


By Jeff Hull



On the Road


We’ve compiled 88 of our favorite spots across the continental United States (and 200 and counting online) to inspire eco-conscious road-tripping that supports local economies. With our list in hand, you can plot a day off or a month-long journey. However you go about searching for American majesty, remember—the country offers a vast terrain for eco-minded travelers.


By Kimberly Fusaro and Madhu Puri



Carbon Rush


A trillion-dollar market could be created as early as next year if the US decides to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. While consultants and financiers scramble to stake their claim in the carbon rush, the question that remains is: Will the environment emerge as the winner?


By Victoria Schlesinger



Letter from the Editor


The Road Trip Goes Eco


By Mark Spellun



Land of Plenty


Our readers across the country (and around the world) are making strides toward living the green life and creating a modern Land of Plenty. We've selected a few of their eco accomplishments - both big and small - to share. Send us stories about how you're trying to make a difference; we'll choose the best to publish in an upcoming issue of the magazine


By You



Ask Plenty


Why should I pay more for grass-fed beef?; Seafood is one of my favorite things about summer - what can I eat without depleting the oceans of ingesting mercury?


By Tobin Hack




Spectrum:

One Shot: Grand Prize Auto



By the Numbers: Park Place


A look at what's going on in America's national parks



He Said/She Said



Auto: The Miles High Club


By Tobin Hack



Eco Speak: Green Fatigue



The Big Picture


By Bob Ekstein



Art: Lord of the Rings


By Molly Webster



Gardening: Creature Comforts


By Alisa Opar



Travel: The Buck Stops Here


By Joshua Payne



Conservation: I Sea Dead People


By Kate Howell



Act Out: Take it or Leave It


By Nicole Scarmeas



Tech: You've Got the Power


By Sarah Parsons



Trend: Empires Strike Bags


By Julia Ross



Eco-Meter: Best in Shows


You know it's summer when the onslaught of music festivals begin. Take a look at how some eco shows stack up



Life in the Green Zone


Lizz Winstead goes loco trying to buy local


By Lizz Winstead



Current:


Science: New Oyster Cult


Scientists are looking to sponges, mussels, and oysters to clean up polluted waterways


By Alisa Opar



Science: Bat Grave


Scientists are racing to discover what killed thousands of bats last winter


By Alisa Opar



Science: Beat the Heat


By Victoria Schlesinger



Science: Findings



Science: Ask a Scientist


Why does hurricane season begin in June?


By Sarah Parsons



Business: Strange Crude


Thanks to next-generation versions that won't require new infrastructure, biofuels are the next big thing - again


By Melinda Wenner



Business: Coming Clean


Venture Capital Cleantech Investment


By Helen Kaiao Chang



Business: Buyer Beware



Tech: When It Rains It Pours


Raindrops may be the next source of renewable energy


By Sandra Upson



Tech: Between a Rock and a Hard Place


Burying CO2 could help combat global warming



Tech: On the Drawing Board


Trash Talk


By Nicole Scarmeas



Tech: Patent Watch


Pond Scum Power


By Sandra Upson



Activist in Residence: Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben tackles the congestion pricing issue by offering an unexpected alternative: free public transit for all


By Bill McKibben




Living:


People: Eco Star - Lenny Kravitz


11 questions for the man who hates to be called a hippie


By Adam Spangler



Food: In Vino Gravitas


As temperatures heat up in the world's grape-growing regions, winemakers face incredible opportunities and unforeseen challenges. How are they responding to the shifting fortunes of climate change? In a word: adaption.


By Gretchen Roberts



Food: Sustainability in a Bottle


Wine quality depends on many variables - climate change and weather patterns, the caliber of the grapes, the winemaker's skill - but sustainable growing and operating practices go a long way toward producing better vintages. Here are a few of our favorite bottles


By Gretchen Roberts



Food: Easy as 1-2-Tea


By Jessica Tzerman



Food: Farm to Fork with Dan Barber


Dan Barber eschews industrial-size strawberries in favor of smaller, less uniform fruits to make a cool summertime treat


By Dan Barber



Home: Bursting the Bubble


By bringing customization to the prefab world, the architects behind the Burst house are minimizing waste and winning accolades from the Museum of Modern Art


By Amber Bravo



Home: High-Low Split


Eco-chic home accessories for any budget



Trash to Treasure: Stool Work


Max McMurdo gives new life to bulk packages by transforming them into multipurpose storage seats


By Max McMurdo



The Green Fiend


Annemarie Conte is hearing wedding bells. But if the day is to be remembered forever, does offsetting the whole thing erase some of the permanence?


By Annemarie Conte



Style: Making Waves


Hit the beach in eco-friendly style


By Ann Wycoff



Style: Lather Up


The gift of good grooming just got gentler for Father's Day


By Jessica Hartshorn



Style: Trendwatch


Biodynamic Beauty



Style: Reducing Their Footprint


Reducing Their Footprint


By Zoe Cormier



Review: Green Media


New music, film, and reading for the ecophile


By Tobin Hack



Green Gear:


Summer Lovin'


High-concept designs with a low-key vibe make it easy to stay cool all season long


By Jessica Tzerman



Plenty Labs:


Screening Process


Natural sunscreens that offer maximum fun in the sun


By Stacey Stapleton



Clean Genies


Testing lean, mean purifiers in a bottle


By Alexandra Zissu



City Smarts


Smart's ForTwo offers a premium feel in a pint-sized package


By Stuart Schwartzapfel



Green, Greener Greenest


I love spending time outdoors in the summer but worry about mosquitoes and ticks. What's the best way to prevent bites?


By Lori Bongiorno



Trade This for That


Why switch from a regular incandescent bulb or a compact fluorescent to the Pharox?



Last Word


A New Yorker learns to glow in the dark at one of Puerto Rico's bioluminescent bays


By Sloane Crosley




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