Island Press Field Notes blog

Island Press Field Notes

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 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.

Oil rig. Photo by Zbynek Burival/Unsplash.

By Denise Fort / On November 27th, 2019

Even in states like New Mexico that depend on oil revenue, the costs outweigh the benefits.

Anti litter sign in the woods. Photo by Will Schick

By Will Schick / On November 25th, 2019

The Ward 8 Woods group wants people to know to know that their woods are not the dumping grounds for anyone’s trash.

Photo of brick building

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On November 22nd, 2019

Your building has the potential to change the world.

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.


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.

Solar panels. Photo by Angie Warren/Unsplash

By Meena Morar / On November 18th, 2019

A look at how building owners and other stakeholders are adapting to DC’s ambitious new clean energy law.

Atlantic City. Photo by Tim Trad/Unsplash

By Christina Jackson / On November 15th, 2019

Atlantic City offers a vivid example of a city affected by past racial and class segregation. But it can also show us how to heal cities that have high poverty rates and resilient communities of color.

Getty Fire incident. Photo by Eric French/Flickr

By Kim Evon, Linda Rudolph / On November 13th, 2019

Recent fires and evacuations are yet another reminder that Californians must find ways to adapt to the new normal of climate change to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable communities.