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Island Press Field Notes

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.

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.

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.

Books related to environmental activism on a shelf

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez, Jason Leppig / On September 27th, 2019

Excerpts from four Island Press books highlight activists, organizations, and strategies from environmental movements in the past.

Dry land. Photo by Dan Gold/Unsplash

By Scott Somers / On September 26th, 2019

As climate and weather patterns shift, the resulting environmental crisis is being leveraged as a tool for terror and political violence.

Climate strike

By Jen Hawse / On September 24th, 2019

Protesting may seem like an ineffective method for taking action on such a substantial issue, but raising the profile about our climate crisis is an important strategy that’s still needed in the US.

A car drives through a flooded street

By Daniel Reich / On September 18th, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission is charged with making sure that investors have the information they need to understand the climate-related risks associated with their investments. What’s lacking is the will to enforce those regulations.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By Lee Epstein / On September 16th, 2019

A look at the excess carbon problem and the high-tech and low-tech solutions that are using chemistry to turn greenhouse gas waste into useful products.

Downtown Missoula. Photo by Micah Sheldon/Flickr

By Laurie Mazur / On September 12th, 2019

Missoula's forward thinking climate planning offers lessons for other cities and towns facing similar conditions.

College graduates at the commencement ceremony. Photo by Good Free Photos/Unsplash

By Laurie Mazur / On September 11th, 2019

The CivicSpark program gives recent college graduates a chance to help local governments implement climate-smart projects.

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