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Island Press Field Notes

By Lucy Moore / On March 27th, 2018

As a mediator, I am always interested in unlikely bedfellows snuggling up to solve a problem, particularly in cases where there is no mediator, no third party to make the bed and tuck them in. These bold hookups, generated by the parties themselves, can...

By Cheryl Heller / On March 21st, 2018

Something I learned in 2001: unlike classic psychiatrists, who will drag out a conversation for years without giving much away if they can manage it, psychopharmacologists will, after half an hour’s probing, tell you bluntly what they think is wrong with...

By Cheryl Heller / On March 14th, 2018

This letter is a response to your request for ideas—for the philanthropic strategy you’re thinking about. You say you like long term, but you’re drawn to “the other end of the spectrum: the right now.” I get that, and have the perfect answer for you, one...

By Samantha Harvey / On June 27th, 2017

Our leaders can support the transition to a greener, fairer future. Or they can get out of the way. But they can't stop it.

By Katharine Sucher / On July 22nd, 2016

Earlier this week, Corporation 2020 author Pavan Sukhdev wrote about...

By Pavan Sukhdev / On July 20th, 2016

On its way to bankruptcy, Peabody, along with four other major U.S. coal producers spent nearly $100 million over the last ten years on political lobbying to help protect federal tax-funded fossil fuel subsidies.

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By Ray Tomalty / On May 17th, 2016

This month, the Olympic torch relay began in Brasília. After leaving the capital, the torch will visit more than 300 Brazilian cities and as it winds its way to Rio de Janeiro, gradually shift the nation’s attention from its political and economic...

By Bruce Rich / On May 16th, 2016

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

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

By Bruce Rich / On May 9th, 2016

Nearly all future growth in greenhouse gases will come from the world’s emerging economies, and preventing dangerous global warming depends on their reducing emissions growth. Thus it is troubling that Turkey, the world’s 17th largest economy, plans to...

By Bruce Rich / On April 12th, 2016

After some seven decades of mixed results in development assistance, there is a growing consensus that the greatest challenge is governance—in both the recipient and the donor countries.

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