Island Press Field Notes blog

Island Press Field Notes

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By Andy Dyer / On August 16th, 2016

Earlier this month, media announced the first Zika-related death in the United States, meanwhile Congress recently adjourned for a seven-week recess without passing additional funding to fight the virus. Check out what Chasing the Red Queen...

By Alan Kolok / On August 3rd, 2016

Alan Kolok, author of Modern Poisons, breaks down the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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By Baylen J. Linnekin / On July 19th, 2016

I am thrilled—thrilled!—to reveal that I'll be giving a book talk on Saturday, October 8 at Politics & Prose, Washington, DC's venerated bookseller. I'll be speaking about my book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How...

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By Praveen Buddiga, Katrina Peters / On May 3rd, 2016

Climate change is hurting our health — right here and right now. As practicing physicians, we see the impacts on our patients.

By Emily Monosson / On May 2nd, 2016

We were closing in on the end of a glorious spring weekend when my husband discovered the bag.

By Joe S. Whitworth / On April 21st, 2016

April 22 is not a moment to celebrate the wonder of this unique planet. It’s an opportunity to recognize what next steps we need to take to secure a better future.

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By Emily Monosson / On April 18th, 2016

In light of the fuss over Robert Di Niro and the movie Vaxxed; if anyone needs reminding of the value of vaccines, take a look at this ...

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By Alan Kolok / On March 16th, 2016

Facts about the water quality crisis in Flint, Michigan are in the paper almost every day and the chemistry and toxicology of what went wrong, at first blush, appear to be fairly straightforward and easy to understand.

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By Emily Monosson / On February 24th, 2016

Mosquitoes, along with their disease-causing hitchhikers like West Nile, Equine encephalitis, Dengue, and now Zika, are on the move, finding new habitats and naïve populations ripe for infection. Just as Lyme has made tick experts out of us all (no, ...

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By Andy Dyer / On February 22nd, 2016

The proposal to bring DDT out of the retired arsenal of chemical weaponry to control mosquito vectors carrying the Zika virus is a Pandora’s Box of problems.  And these are not hypothetical problems.  The mosquitoes and the virus are biological threats...