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Island Press Field Notes

Cleaning spray. Photo by Jeshoots/Unsplash

By Penelope A. Fenner-Crisp / On December 12th, 2019

Under new EPA guidelines, we cannot expect that future chemical reviews will be credible and adequate.

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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.

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On November 29th, 2019

A New Coast presents the science behind predictions for coastal impacts and explains how current policies fall short of what’s needed to prepare for these changes.

Waves. Photo by Shifaaz Shamoon/Unsplash

By Jeffrey Peterson / On November 11th, 2019

The challenges of protecting the coast from more severe storms and rising seas are intimidating but not insurmountable. Prompt action now will save money and lives.

By Daniel Reich / On November 5th, 2019

What has the EPA done to head off climate disaster and fulfill its mission “to protect human health and the environment”? The stark answer is: not nearly enough.

Car exhaust pipe. Photo by Matt Boitor/Unsplash

By David F. Coursen / On October 24th, 2019

EPA’s regulatory powers should be used to promote environmental protection, not carry out vendettas against states taking climate action

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On October 18th, 2019

Wildlife is an important and cherished element of our natural heritage in the United States. But state and federal laws governing the ways we interact with wildlife can be complex to interpret and apply. Navigating this legal terrain is trickier than...

Farmer in tractor. Photo by Spencer Pugh/Unsplash

By Mark Ryan, Betsy Southerland / On October 4th, 2019

All Americans —farmers included— will suffer the consequences of degraded water quality and damaging floods that will come with the repeal of the Clean Water Rule.

By David F. Coursen / On July 23rd, 2019

Trump’s EPA seeks to limit state’s authority on climate action. If this effort succeeds, our towns and cities will face dirtier air, hotter summers and more extreme weather — and there will be less we can do about it. 

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By Bernard D. Goldstein / On July 5th, 2019

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler continues to ignore the value of accurate scientific advice.

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