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Island Press Field Notes

By Linda Rudolph, Kathy Dervin / On November 7th, 2016

Climate change remains the greatest health challenge of this century — but the candidates aren’t talking about it.

By Kyler Geoffroy / On October 20th, 2016

Many of the actions we must take to mitigate climate change-reducing fossil fuel use offer significant benefits for public health. 

By Denise Fairchild / On October 12th, 2016

Understanding the centuries-long abolitionist movement offers insight into the vision, the structural changes, the personal commitments, the political struggles, and the global movement required to stave off catastrophic climate change.

Credit: Kennedy Warne

By Laurie Mazur / On October 4th, 2016

We must snap out of our collective climate denial, and accept that the future will not be like the past. Only then can we protect ourselves from the floods (and the tornadoes, droughts, wildfires, heatwaves, and storm surges) to come—and build a...

By Cara Pike / On September 20th, 2016

By focusing on preparedness, we can fully engage Americans — all Americans — in crafting solutions to the greatest challenge of our time.

By Kathleen Culliton / On September 12th, 2016

NYC's outdated, blackout-prone electrical grid is a dangerous liability in the era of climate change. Luckily there are community-led energy solutions worth shining a light on.

By Rebecca Wodder / On August 30th, 2016

To build resilience to twenty-first century challenges, a transformational water ethic must not only respect the water rights of nature, but also the water rights of people, especially the most vulnerable among us.

By Gary Cohen / On August 23rd, 2016

Its health and other societal costs are staggering. Phasing out coal-fired power plants would be good for the country.

By Loretta Williams / On August 15th, 2016

In January, Judy Donnelly noticed that maple syrup collection was starting much earlier than usual near her Connecticut home. "I've noticed tubing being strung to...

By Linda Rudolph, Keanan McGonigle / On August 9th, 2016

Two weeks ago, the Oakland City Council unanimously voted to ban the handling and storage of coal in the city, quashing a proposal to build what could have been the largest coal export facility in California.

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