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By Katharine Sucher / On December 10th, 2015

Where there's a will, there's a way. That's what Gabe Klein believes anyway.

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via user WorldFish

By Katharine Sucher / On November 20th, 2015

As Thanksgiving approaches, take a moment to consider your food. Ask children where food comes from, and they’ll probably answer: “the supermarket.” Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different. Where our foods are raised and what happens...

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By Katharine Sucher / On October 29th, 2015

This week, NACTO held its fourth annual Designing Cities conferencein Austin, TX. The Designing Cities conference convenes transportation leaders and practicioners from across the country to discuss key trends in urban street design and transportation...

By Katharine Sucher / On October 22nd, 2015

As we are learning the hard way, the new normal of climate change and a volatile, hyper-connected global economy mean that sudden natural disasters and unforeseen supply chain disruptions are here to stay—and pursuing business as usual is no longer a...

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By Katharine Sucher / On October 15th, 2015

More than ever, cities are charged with carrying out national-level policies and are expected to be at the forefront of our response to climate change, housing inequality, job-creation and public health. At the same time, most city government agencies...


By Katharine Sucher / On October 8th, 2015

As the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy overwhelmed his neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York City’s chief urban designer Alexandros Washburn took refuge on the upper floors of his house. For years he had played an integral role in creating the city...

Photo Credit: Glen Canyon Dam and Colorado River - Page, Arizona by user Jim Trodel

By Katharine Sucher / On October 1st, 2015

Have humans really tamed every inch of the world? On our overheated and overcrowded planet, are wild places now extinct? 

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By Katharine Sucher / On September 25th, 2015

What does religion have to do with the environment? Let John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker explain in their must-read book, Ecology and Religion. Grim and Tucker argue that the...


By Katharine Sucher / On September 17th, 2015

In honor of PARK(ing) Day, Island Press is taking tactical urbanism to the streets. PARK(ing) Day is an annual event where people all over the world transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. These pop-up parks can take all forms--in...

By Jason Leppig / On August 7th, 2015

Is there an economic value to nature's services? Should this value be incentive enough for us to fund conservation? Can lessons from the corporate world come to the rescue? In an age of increasing environmental degradation and risk, The Nature...