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Island Press Field Notes

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By Andy Dyer / On August 16th, 2016

Earlier this month, media announced the first Zika-related death in the United States, meanwhile Congress recently adjourned for a seven-week recess without passing additional funding to fight the virus. Check out what Chasing the Red Queen...

By Linda Rudolph, Keanan McGonigle / On August 9th, 2016

Two weeks ago, the Oakland City Council unanimously voted to ban the handling and storage of coal in the city, quashing a proposal to build what could have been the largest coal export facility in California.

By Alan Kolok / On August 3rd, 2016

Alan Kolok, author of Modern Poisons, breaks down the Toxic Substances Control Act.

By Bruce Rich / On May 16th, 2016

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

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On May 13th, 2016

Washington, DC attorneys Allison Sheedy and Daniel McInnis share their home in the city’s Chevy Chase neighborhood with their four children. They share their large yard with Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Minnie Mouse, India, and Red, their four egg-laying hens.

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 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.

By Michael Kugelman / On April 7th, 2016

Whenever we hear about stories like these, stories of such immense exploitation and predation, there is a tendency to think: How can this happen? How can obscenely rich investors run roughshod over the land, livelihoods, and rights of impoverished local...

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via Flickr.com user WorldFish

By Kennedy Warne / On March 29th, 2016

The closing of a loophole in a venerable tariff act that allowed goods derived from slave labor to enter the US is...

Photo credit: Supreme Court Pediment by Flickr.com user Kevin Harber

By Roger Clark / On February 2nd, 2016

This week, Colorado College released the results from its 2016 Conservation in the West poll. Again, voters in the...

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