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By Alec Appelbaum / On November 30th, 2015

Did you hear that Keystone XL—the long-planned pipeline from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast—got ...

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By Laurie Mazur / On November 22nd, 2015

Very influential people are starting to connect the dots among climate change, racial equity and poverty. The United Nations' new sustainable-development goals explicitly link these issues, and in his historic address to Congress last month Pope Francis...

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By Kyler Geoffroy / On November 13th, 2015

In an era rocked by climate change and other large-scale disruptions, our cities must be resilient to survive and thrive. But what does that mean, exactly? What characteristics do resilient cities share, and what can be done to cultivate them? How does...

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By Laurie Mazur / On November 12th, 2015

Last month, in a case that sent shivers through corporate America, a former peanut-company executive was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak. The executive, Stewart Parnell, knowingly shipped contaminated peanut...


By Laurie Mazur / On November 5th, 2015

When you think of residential solar power, you might envision an upscale home in Marin County, or a compound in rural Idaho. You probably don’t think of low-income apartment buildings in the outer boroughs of New York City. But that’s exactly...

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By Alec Appelbaum / On October 26th, 2015

"It'll be hard to go back to bike commuting in New York after being here," said the guy in the Boulder bike shop. He meant it as a welcome to his town, but I think he might do well to visit mine.


By Katharine Sucher / On October 11th, 2015

In 2006, six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, I toured the city’s decaying wreckage with a delegation of national environmental leaders.


By Laurel Blatchford / On October 4th, 2015

When Superstorm Sandy ravaged New York in 2012, thousands of low-income apartment-dwellers found themselves in high-rise hell.

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By Laurie Mazur / On September 22nd, 2015

This week, Pope Francis is making his first visit ever to the U.S., and there is plenty of speculation about what he will say.


By Laurie Mazur / On July 29th, 2015

The Island Press Urban Resilience Project, supported by the Kresge Foundation, is working to promote a holistic understanding of resilience that is grounded in equity and sustainability. It’s ...