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Island Press Field Notes

Waves. Photo by Shifaaz Shamoon/Unsplash

By Jeffrey Peterson / On November 11th, 2019

The challenges of protecting the coast from more severe storms and rising seas are intimidating but not insurmountable. Prompt action now will save money and lives.

Basket of vegetables. Image by Markus Spiske/Unsplash

By Meena Morar / On November 8th, 2019

In the District of Columbia, communities have been addressing disparities in food access and health outcomes. Now, they’re continuing the fight with a campaign called #DontMuteMyHealth.

A flower in asphalt

By Laurie Mazur / On November 7th, 2019

You probably don’t think of procurement —the steps governments take to obtain goods and services— as a way to create the resilient cities of the future. Think again.

By Daniel Reich / On November 5th, 2019

What has the EPA done to head off climate disaster and fulfill its mission “to protect human health and the environment”? The stark answer is: not nearly enough.

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Jeffrey Peterson / On October 30th, 2019

Hurricane Sandy was a traumatic experience that millions of Americans consider best forgotten. But as the pain of loss and hardship fades, so can the sense of urgency for rethinking our relationship to the coast.

Car exhaust pipe. Photo by Matt Boitor/Unsplash

By David F. Coursen / On October 24th, 2019

EPA’s regulatory powers should be used to promote environmental protection, not carry out vendettas against states taking climate action

A car drives through a flooded street

By Laurie Mazur / On October 23rd, 2019

In the era of unprecedented storms and flooding, unchecked development in the flood plain is a recipe for disaster. But cities can break the cycle of fill, build, and flood.

By Denise Fairchild, Kim Evon / On October 22nd, 2019

Climate fires are California’s new normal. This new normal requires new strategies, new technologies and new partnerships with America’s caregivers to ensure the sick, the elderly and the most vulnerable are climate and energy resilient.

Caregiver with elderly woman

By Denise Fairchild, Monica Russo / On October 7th, 2019

Caregivers are underappreciated and underutilized partners in disaster response. But with proper recognition and support, they could become a linchpin of successful disaster response.

Farmer in tractor. Photo by Spencer Pugh/Unsplash

By Mark Ryan, Betsy Southerland / On October 4th, 2019

All Americans —farmers included— will suffer the consequences of degraded water quality and damaging floods that will come with the repeal of the Clean Water Rule.

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