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  • The Costa del Norte

    It's the summer of 2060 and you're heading off for your European beach vacation in ... Parmu. Never heard of it? You will. According to a recent EU report, the Mediterranean's multibillion-euro tourism industry will likely shift toward Europe's northern coasts in Scandinavia, the British Isles and the Baltics (home to Parmu and other up-and-coming beach towns like Palanga and Jurmala). Last summer's surge of jellyfish and toxic algae in the Mediterranean didn't merely beach swimmers; it marked a shifting of the tides. Adíos, Costa del Sol; hello, Costa del Norte.Yes, a mighty change is coming. With temperatures warming, snow evaporating and portions of the Alps melting away, forecasts suggest we're looking ahead to a tourism revolution. Warming weather is shrinking prospects at most low- and even mid-altitude ski resorts, from the Rockies to the Pyrenees, while increasingly violent weather is destabilizing traditional beach paradises from the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia and the...
  • Schwarzenegger's Crusade

    Carbon czar: California's Hummer-loving governor is turning the Golden State into the greenest in the land, a place where environmentalism and hedonism can coexist. How a star turned pol's become the muscle behind saving the planet.
  • The Call for Draconian Cuts

    One of the criticisms of Al Gore’s message on climate change is that he exaggerates the imminence of the threat—implying, for instance, that sea levels may rise more quickly than scientists feel comfortable saying. But a few people think Gore is actually sugarcoating the catastrophe predictions.Most prominently, the renowned British scientist James Lovelock thinks that the world is already approaching a tipping point, beyond which temperature rise will run out of control and major ecosystems will collapse. The dying Amazon rainforest would begin releasing carbon, making things even hotter. The permafrost would melt, releasing carbon and causing sea levels to rise. Environmental writer George Monbiot has taken Lovelock’s pessimism and come up with a plan in "Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning" (South End Press). To avoid hitting the "critical threshold," he says, the world’s total carbon emissions must be reduced to 60 percent below current levels by 2030—a target that would...
  • Opinion: Global Warming Fears Overblown

    Judging from the media in recent months, the debate over global warming is now over. There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Both of these statements are almost certainly true. What of it? Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action. This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we've seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators—and many scientists—seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes. The earth is always warming or cooling by as much as a few tenths of a degree a year; periods of constant average temperatures are rare. Looking back on the earth's climate history, it's apparent that there's no such thing as an optimal temperature—a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests...
  • Cities of Virtue

    Sometimes great ideas are born of desperation. For Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, that sense of urgency developed in the winter of 2004- 2005, when the annual snowfall failed to materialize in the neighboring Cascade Mountains. That's a serious issue in Seattle, where melting snow feeds the city's reservoirs in the springtime and swells the river that supplies its hydroelectric energy. Even though the United States had declined to participate with the other 141 parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which calls for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, Nickels decided to "show the world there was intelligent life in the United States after all." His goal was to convince 141 mayors of U.S. cities to commit to making the cuts anyway. That was two years ago. So far he's enlisted 435. "These cities represent 61 million people," says Nickels. "That's equivalent to the population of France and larger than the United Kingdom."American cities aren't the only ones clamoring to adapt to a warming world....
  • Q&A: Why I’m Investing in Climate Science

    Jeremy Grantham is used to assessing risk. As chairman of the Boston-based investment management company GMO, he’s responsible for assets worth $140 billion. These days he’s worried about climate change, but he’s not just wringing his hands—unlike most people, he’s investing his own money to prepare for change. Most recently, he’s announced a £12 million ($23.6 million) donation to establish the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College, London. The money will come from the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which has already supported a wide range of organizations including Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. He spoke to NEWSWEEK’s William Underhill. Excerpts: ...
  • Is Fiber the New Protein?

    Debbie Fireman is a self-proclaimed fiber junkie. The 41-year-old marketing exec from Penn Valley, Pa., eats fiber-rich foods "all day long," including whole foods like fruits, veggies, grains and beans. But that's not all. Her pantry is stocked with fiber supplements, cereals and snack bars, loaded with apples, cinnamon, peanut butter and chocolate. "Fiber is great for you, and it doesn't have to taste like cardboard," she says.Once relegated to the bottom of the heap by carb-phobic foodies enamored by all things high in protein, fiber is finally getting some respect. There were 400 new high-fiber food products introduced in 2002, according to market-research firm Datamonitor. Last year, 890 new products hit supermarket shelves, including high-fiber breads, chips, crackers, cookies, and prepared meals and entrees. And 2007 is poised for more growth as aging boomers and Gen-Xers discover fiber's benefits. If you're tired of dry and flavor-free whole-wheat foods, don't despair. ...
  • America’s Greenest Mayors

    Sometimes great ideas are born of desperation. For Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, that sense of urgency developed in the winter of 2004-05, when the annual snowfall failed to materialize in the neighboring Cascade Mountains. That's a serious issue in Seattle, where melting snow feeds the city's reservoirs in the springtime and swells the river that supplies its hydroelectric energy. Nickels's advisers were coming to him weekly with reports that the snow pack was just 1 percent of normal. "I don't think 'normal' exists anymore," Nickels remembers saying, having endured a succession of unusually warm winters. "Normal would be cause for popping champagne corks."Nickels wasn't the only one who was starting to worry about climate change. In February 2005, 141 nations worldwide were preparing to put the Kyoto Protocol into effect—aiming to reduce global warming by cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. The United States was notably not one of them, so Nickels...
  • Picture Change

    For some creative minds, climate change represents not impending gloom but opportunity—a chance to imagine a world reshaped by warming, to rethink the way they work by using green methods and materials. David Buckland, a British photographer, filmmaker and designer, founded a pioneering endeavor called Cape Farewell, named after the tip of Greenland, which organizes expeditions for scientists and artists to sail through the Arctic waters—only now passable because the ice has melted. The voyages often result in powerful works that express newfound appreciation for the wonders of the natural world as well as regret, bewilderment and anger about global warming. "These changes are fertile ground within which the artist can work—not the pending dark of a sunset but the morning light of new possibilities," he says.The project, which Buckland inaugurated after realizing there was "no imagery for climate change," aims to give audiences as well as artists new ways of grasping environmental...
  • Ornish: How to Fix Health Insurance

    Because of a growing awareness that the current system is unsustainable, reformers are promoting disease prevention. A look at one campaign leader.
  • Transcript: Lance Armstrong on Surviving Cancer

    Trust me when I say that I'm not complaining about the attention cancer is finally getting in the media. But I don't understand why it requires two very upsetting announcements about cancer recurrence to prompt a national discussion about our nation's second leading killer.I was struck, in particular, by the headlines about Elizabeth Edwards and the repeated use of the word "incurable." That word is so contrary to the American spirit and what we believe about our ability to innovate and excel. It doesn't take into account Elizabeth's considerable courage, and it says something alarming about the complacency that leads us to just expect another diagnosis with another new day.It's clear that the way we battle cancer is deeply at odds with our values as a country, and with our common sense. There is a serious gap between what we know and what we do; what we deserve and what we get; what should be and what is.The shameful reality is that we do not ensure that everyone benefits from what...
  • Living With Cancer in America

    I took the call on my cell phone at the Starbucks in New York's Penn Station. It was from a doctor I barely knew telling me that a CT scan—ordered after three weeks of worsening stomach pain—showed a large mass in my abdomen, with what she said was "considerable lymph node involvement." I rubbed my eyes and sensed the truth instantly: cancer, and not one that had been detected early. I was 46 years old and had not spent a night in the hospital since I was born. Nonsmoker. No junk food beyond the occasional barbecue potato chips. Jogged a couple of times a week. I was not remotely ready for this.It was Super Tuesday, March 2, 2004, the day voters would select most of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Although the complete diagnosis was still several days off, the intense abdominal pain meant that my wife, Emily, and I had no time to stop, absorb and adjust to our twisted new world. We immediately began negotiating the endless round of doctors' appointments and...
  • The Global 100 Greenest Companies

    Global warming is changing the earth and forcing businesses to change, too. Nicholas Stern, former head of the World Bank and an adviser to the British government, has predicted that climate change could slash 20 percent off global GDP by 2050, if greenhouse-gas emissions continue their rise. But some businesses are already adapting. The companies here are the 100 most adaptable in the world, based on an analysis of 1,800 companies by business-ethics magazine Corporate Knights and research firm Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. These corporations, which come from 16 countries and sectors ranging from oil and gas to telecommunications, were ranked exclusively for NEWSWEEK on how effectively they manage environmental risks and opportunities relative to their industry peers. Here’s the list:
  • Medicine: Two Shots for Chicken Pox Now

    Like 100 of their peers at Orchard Park Elementary in Ft. Mill, S.C., Emily Rivers, 9, and her sister, Olivia, 6, contracted chicken pox this year—despite getting immunized when they were a year old. The girls got sick because a single shot—the old recommendation—protects only 85 percent of kids. As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that kids get a second shot between the ages of 4 and 6.Ironically, says Dr. Robert Frenck of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on infectious diseases, "the vaccine program has worked so well that people just don't see the benefits anymore." Many Americans no longer view the disease as a health threat. But chicken-pox outbreaks tend to start with unvaccinated kids, says the AAP's Dr. David Kimberlin.Pam Rivers praises the vaccine for reducing the severity of her girls' outbreak. They got just a few dozen bug-bite-like "pocks." By contrast, her husband, 48, who'd never had the disease or the vaccine,...
  • U.S. Kids Bombarded By TV Food Ads

    A new study reveals that American kids are exposed to as many as 50 hours a year of TV food advertising—much of it for sugary snacks. Are the ads exacerbating the national obesity problem?
  • Anna Nicole Smith and Human Growth Hormone

    The dead starlet's autopsy revealed that she was injecting human growth hormone to counter the effects of aging and promote weight loss. Does that work? Inside the HGH boom—and the backlash.
  • Study: A Downside to Day Care?

    A new study finds that children who regularly attend day-care centers develop more behavioral problems in kindergarten than those that don't. What's a parent to do?
  • Health: Can Exercise Make You Smarter?

    Exercise does more than build muscles and help prevent heart disease. New science shows that it also boosts brainpower—and may offer hope in the battle against Alzheimer's.
  • What the Doctors Do

    They know what's best for us when it comes to exercise, but do they follow their own advice? Read all about it.
  • Iran: Secrets of a Nuclear Sleuth

    How hard could it be to find hundreds of tons of radioactive nuclear material? We've certainly got plenty of motivation to keep tabs on this stuff. There's the threat of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, the standoff between Pakistan's and India's arsenals and North Korea's Kim Jong Il. Iran, the next big nuclear challenge, already has missiles that can strike Israel and a thriving civilian nuclear-power program. It claims to have no ambition for nuclear weapons, but verifying this is critical. We must know how much to press for a diplomatic solution or how seriously to consider a military strike.Nuclear intelligence, however, is problematic. Despite all the high-tech gear that intelligence agencies have developed, facts on the ground are so thin that the whole question of what countries like Iran are doing with nuclear weapons is vulnerable to manipulation by policymakers. Who can forget how Condoleezza Rice, as head of the National Security Council in September 2002, declared that...
  • An 'Exercise Snack' Plan

    You don't have to train for a marathon or pump iron to burn calories. How to make the most of the workout opportunities that are built into your day.
  • Men, Chlamydia and the Cycle of Infection

    Chlamydia is on the rise, and according to a recent study, more young women are suffering from recurring bouts of this common STD than previously thought. Is it time to start testing men who may be unwitting carriers?
  • Fighting Cancer: What Elizabeth Edwards Can Expect

    Last fall, Elizabeth Edwards was the guest speaker at a Boston conference sponsored by NEWSWEEK and Harvard Medical School. She was in the midst of a tour promoting her recently published book, "Saving Graces." Although Edwards spoke in detail about the greatest trials in her life, especially the death of her 16-year-old son in a car accident and her struggle with breast cancer, she conveyed an inspiring optimism about her future. That optimism reappeared today when she and her husband, presidential contender John Edwards, announced that her cancer has returned, this time to her bones. Still, she told a crowded press conference: "I don't look sickly. I don't feel sickly." Despite the devastating news, the couple vowed to continue campaigning. "This is the most extraordinarily unselfish woman I have ever known," her husband said, with a touch of awe in his voice. Her doctor is waiting for the results of some tests taken this week before starting treatment. To find out more about what...
  • Which Is Better?

    We face important food choices each day: Fries or salad? Juice or soda? Think you always know which has fewer calories and grams of fat? Test your nutritional IQ here. 1. a) Big Mac and small fries b) Uno's individual deep-dish pizza 2. a) Tuna-salad sandwich b) Roast-beef sandwich 3. a) Cheesecake Factory's cheesecake slice b) Cheesecake Factory's carrot-cake slice 4. a) Dunkin' Donuts Caramel Creme hot latte b) Dunkin' Donuts glazed doughnut
  • Good Food, Delivered

    Unlike George Jetson, we'll probably never push a button in our kitchens and have a freshly cooked meal spring up from the counter. But the next best thing might be opening the front door to find a week's worth of healthy family dinners waiting for you. That's the idea behind a new crop of meal-delivery services that are popping up online. Some deliver fresh food, others frozen. But they all claim to help you eat more nutritiously, avoid junk food and save hours of time. Do these meals taste any better than what you can find in your frozen-food aisle? And are they worth the extra money? We sampled four services and found that the surprising answer, in most cases, is "yes." A guide: ...
  • Web Wellness

    Home Food Safety The site provides useful tips from the American Dietetic Association on such things as packing your kids' lunches to avoid spoilage. Calorie-Count Create a personal profile and chart your weight-loss progress with this interactive site. It provides calorie counts and assigns nutrition grades for such varied foods as bratwurst (C-minus) and pomegranates (A). Office of Dietary Supplements If you take dietary supplements, this National Institutes of Health site will teach you about their benefits and side effects. Nutrition Café The site teaches kids nutrition facts through interactive games. Diet Facts You don't have to be on a diet to be curious about what you're eating. This site lets you look up nutritional info by ingredient and by restaurant.
  • Filling Up With Less

    Jill O'Nan used to eat just one meal a day. But, as the joke goes, that meal began in the morning and didn't end until she went to sleep at night. As a freelance writer, O'Nan had no set meal schedule. "If McDonald's delivered, I probably wouldn't have left my house," says O'Nan, 45, who has battled the bulge since she was a child.With her supersize appetite, O'Nan's weight spiraled to 360 pounds. She tried dieting, but nothing worked. O'Nan did some research and stumbled across a little-known book called "Volumetrics" (, which promised that she could manage her weight by choosing foods that the program calls "low in energy density," foods that make you feel satiated, or full, but that are also low in calories. She swapped her serving of fast-food fries for an even larger portion of boiled redskin potatoes in a garlic-dill sauce.She rediscovered her pressure cooker and started to make homemade meals, including soups and chili seasoned with dark chocolate. In four...
  • Think Thin To Get Thin

    At 5 feet 3 and 116 pounds, Judith Beck doesn't look like a threat to anyone. But America's junk-food peddlers should be afraid—very afraid—of this gentle, soft-spoken psychologist. Her new book, "The Beck Diet Solution," could help dieters swear off their Doritos once and for all. That's because it's perhaps the best diet book ever to focus on the psychology of permanent weight loss. In short, it doesn't tell you what foods to eat or avoid. Instead, it tells you how to stick to a healthy eating plan of your own choice—for good—by changing the way you talk to yourself when confronted with temptation, cravings and the inevitable dietary lapses. Beck spoke with NEWSWEEK's Anne Underwood. Excerpts: ...
  • Seasonal Secrets

    The period between the end of winter and the start of spring is the toughest time to find fresh produce to put on the table. TIP SHEET asked three chefs what healthy ingredients they're cooking with now. ...
  • How to Help Your Heart

    A Harvard cardiologist passes on the latest news about the tests you need, lowering blood pressure and the real pros and cons of drinking red wine.