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Island Press Field Notes

By Richard Waring, Joe Landsberg / On January 30th, 2017

For a long time we ecologists thought that we could predict not only how forests would grow but also how their composition was likely to change over time.  And we could predict the effects of management actions: for example, If we chose to thin stands of...

By Larry Nielsen / On January 26th, 2017

Sad news came from the wilds of Mexico recently, with reports of the murder of environmental activist Isidro Baldenegro...

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By Alan Rabinowitz / On September 19th, 2016

Recently I was informed by my publisher, Island Press, of a report stating that 2015 was deadliest year on record...

By David Salt, Brian Walker / On July 27th, 2016

A few weeks ago the world learnt of the disappearance of the Bramble Cay melomys, a small Australian rodent only known to occur on a tiny coral cay off the northern tip of Australia. The finding is noted in a...

By Bruce Rich / On May 16th, 2016

International efforts to conserve biodiversity in developing coun­tries are recognizing the need to provide alternative livelihoods.

By Dominick A. DellaSala / On April 25th, 2016

This week, more than 193 nations will celebrate Earth Day. The annual event is a marker for the environmental movement begun on April 22, 1970, when Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson organized a peaceful teach-in. At the time, rivers were on fire, oil spills...

By Katharine Sucher / On April 22nd, 2016

April 22nd, Earth Day, is also National Jelly Bean Day. How should one celebrate National Jelly Bean Day?

By Lucy Moore / On April 22nd, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I scrolled through my 50 some emails of the day and was struck by one from Crowdrise. The subject line read “Have you saved an animal from extinction?” It was a 24 hour emergency campaign to save the Greater Bamboo Lemur in...

By Joe S. Whitworth / On April 21st, 2016

April 22 is not a moment to celebrate the wonder of this unique planet. It’s an opportunity to recognize what next steps we need to take to secure a better future.

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By Katharine Sucher / On February 5th, 2016

How long should a leaf live? When should blueberries ripen? What should a clever moose eat?

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