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Island Press Field Notes

By Laurie Mazur / On January 23rd, 2019

When you think of toxic chemicals in the environment, what comes to mind? Perhaps a belching smokestack, or a pipe discharging chemical waste into your local river. You probably don’t think of your living room. But you should.

By Daniel Reich / On January 14th, 2019

The stakes are high. If we fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions, we must brace for a hotter, more fiery future.

By A. Stanley Meiburg / On December 24th, 2018

The death of George H.W. Bush is cause to honor a man who made it possible for all Americans to breathe cleaner air. It also reminds us that partisan politics need not obstruct progress toward a healthier environment.

By Suzanne Bohan / On September 17th, 2018

Betsy DeVos has proposed to make federal funding available for schools to purchase weapons. But the proliferation of guns will not curb violence in schools.

By Daria Wubbels Devantier / On September 4th, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed “transparency rule” will eliminate vital info about the health impacts of toxic chemicals and prevent citizens from having a voice in EPA’s scientific process.

By Emily Monosson / On August 23rd, 2018

On the fourth of July, 1985, as the sun shone and the temperatures rose, people celebrated by eating watermelon. Then they got sick — becoming part of one of the nation’s largest episodes of foodborne illness caused by a pesticide. The outbreak began...

By Suzanne Bohan / On August 20th, 2018

Post-Parkland, some have called on us to “harden” our schools. But is modeling places of learning after prisons the right approach?

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By Kyler Geoffroy / On August 9th, 2018

“There’s definitely a health benefit to encouraging people to participate with nature, reflect in nature, and benefit from the beauty of nature."

By Linda Rudolph / On July 23rd, 2018

Wildfire poses well-known risks to life and property. It’s less well known that wildfire is also creating a public health crisis.

By David F. Coursen / On July 5th, 2018

Just ask the White House

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