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By Jeffrey Peterson / On December 9th, 2019

The United States Department of Defense is coming to grips with the implications of climate change for national security.

Waves. Photo by Shifaaz Shamoon/Unsplash

By Jeffrey Peterson / On December 5th, 2019

A warming climate will bring stronger storms and rising seas to the nation’s coasts. Now is the time to reform and strengthen the national effort to prepare for growing coastal risks.

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Jeffrey Peterson / On November 22nd, 2019

We’ve made little progress in preparing our communities and vital ecosystems for storms and sea-level rise, but there are tools we can use if government agencies and nonprofits take action.

Vancouver

By Sadhu Aufochs Johnston / On November 20th, 2019

As Vancouver and other cities invent and implement ways to decarbonize their systems and strengthen resilience to climate change, we are reinventing the basic model for urban development that has prevailed since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

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.

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