Vanity Fair’s 3rd Annual Green Issue
has struck pose after provocative pose since her 1982 debut. Is her
latest incarnation, as activist and filmmaker, bringing her closer to
the truth? Rich Cohen undergoes a multi-media bombardment–her new
album, her directorial debut, and her documentary on the orphans of
Malawi, where she adopted her third child–to prepare for a session with
the icon herself. Photographs by Steven Meisel. Web special: A slideshow of the many modes of Madonna from the pages of Vanity Fair, beginning in 1986.
- THE GREEN LIGHT
White House claims that subjecting detainees to coercive interrogations
was an idea that came from the bottom up, from commanders on the
ground. In fact, it came from the top down, pushed hard by the
administration’s most powerful lawyers. Talking to key players,
Philippe Sands pieces together who approved what, and why they could
face war-crimes prosecution.
- THE NEXT PRESIDENT’S FIRST TASK: A MANIFESTO
hundred years ago, anti-abolitionists in England predicted the end of
the slave trade would lead to economic ruin. Instead, it proved to be a
boon. Today a similar argument is made against tackling global warming.
Not only are energy solutions well within our reach, argues Robert F.
Kennedy Jr., they will strengthen American capitalism.
- THE ARCTIC OIL RUSH
a shrinking ice cap makes it easier to tap the Arctic’s fossil-fuel
reserves, Russia has planted its flag deep in the North Pole’s ocean.
The race for oil is on, with a vicious cycle in play. In Siberia, Alex
Shoumatoff discovers woolly-mammoth skeletons and even more greenhouse
gases emerging from the last great climate disaster. Photographs by
- OCEAN’S 9
- Art Streiber and Evgenia Peretz spotlight the activists of Oceana, who are defending 71 percent of the planet: its seas.
- NATURAL PHENOMENON
Renzo Piano’s most recent creation could be his masterpiece. Matt
Tyrnauer and photographer Todd Eberle get an exclusive tour of the new
California Academy of Sciences, seamlessly integrated into San
Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and topped with a sprawling “living roof.”
- THE EDGE OF EXTINCTION
winter, the Bush administration was pressed to declare whether polar
bears were endangered. As postponements delayed the decision, Interior
Secretary Dirk Kempthorne allowed a $2.6 billion oil-and-gas
drilling-lease sale to go through that threatens the bears’ last U.S.
refuge. Michael Shnayerson investigates. Web special: A slideshow of Steven Kazlowski’s polar bear photos.
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by Adam Spangler WEB EXCLUSIVE April 2, 2008
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