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Island Press Field Notes

By John Fleck / On October 16th, 2017

Oregon State University’s Aaron Wolf, in his studies of conflict and cooperation around international waterways, has found something both counter-intuitive and remarkable. Despite myths of “water wars,” ...

By Katharine Sucher / On October 13th, 2017

In the words of Elizabeth Kolbert, "Nothing is more important to life than water, and no one knows water better than Sandra Postel." Postel's new book Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity...

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By Katharine Sucher / On October 10th, 2017

If disasters related to droughts, floods, and other extreme weather seem more common globally, it’s because they are: nearly twice as many such disasters occur annually now as 25 years ago. These problems are not going away. Last year, the World Economic...

By Edward Struzik / On October 2nd, 2017

In a world of bigger, hotter fires, it is time to think of forests as vital infrastructure, and to invest in preserving these resources for the future

By Katharine Sucher / On September 15th, 2017

Debate surrounding the proposed repeal of the controversial Clean Water Rule is just one example of how competing interests...

By Sandra Postel / On September 12th, 2017

We have many lessons to learn from the tragedies wrought by Hurricane Harvey, but among the most important is that a broken water cycle increases risks to our communities and economies.

By Kyler Geoffroy / On September 8th, 2017

A podcast interview with nationally known environmental leader Rebecca Wodder on building community resilience at the water's edge

By Mary Ann Dickinson / On June 20th, 2017

The EPA's WaterSense program helps communities save water and energy. Why then is President Trump trying to flush the program away?

By Katharine Burgess / On June 13th, 2017

A new report details the increasing implementation of citywide green infrastructure networks, including investments on both public and privately owned sites.

By Diana Toledo, Steve Burrington , Lila Cabbil / On June 7th, 2017

Cities and states should pursue equitable water solutions, not water shutoffs

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