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Island Press Field Notes

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By Admin / On December 16th, 2010

This is an excerpt of Francesca Vietor,  president of The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

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By Admin / On December 7th, 2010

Excerpt from Randy Olson's blog, The Benshi Given the sad, flaccid atmosphere lingering around the Cancun climate talks this week (Andy Revkin tells about how the Japanese, who once upon a...

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By Peter Gleick / On November 30th, 2010

Fiji Water, one of the world's most well-promoted brands of bottled water, is also one of the most secretive and private. Owned by Lynda and Stewart Resnick, the increasingly controversial Southern California billionaires, Fiji Water is a symbol of both...

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By Admin / On November 29th, 2010

Marine protected areas have made international headlines in the past week as Oregon moved closer to approving three reserves and Australia delayed plans for establishing coastal marine parks. Three marine experts and Island Press authors, Steve Palumbi...

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By Elizabeth Grossman / On November 17th, 2010

Excerpt from Elizabeth Grossman's blog, The Pump Handle.


By R. Edward Grumbine / On November 3rd, 2010

The Bamboo Temple is one of the major Buddhist shrines in Kunming. Built in the 13th century, restored in 1890, and is set high above the city surrounded by native forest and plantation. The temple is well cared for unlike some I have visited in China....

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By R. Edward Grumbine / On October 25th, 2010

Living in Kunming has its benefits:-great food; friendly people; helpful colleagues; and stimulating work. But for a city of its size, there is precious little public open space and I have yet to discover any place where one can walk on dirt or grass...

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By Cristina Eisenberg / On October 13th, 2010

Recently, I spent time with a friend in a northern part of the Rockies with thriving wolf population. My friend was skeptical about how wolves affect ecosystems—was—because an event that morning rapidly changed his mind.

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By R. Edward Grumbine / On October 8th, 2010

Before I left for my year in China, I took a few minutes one afternoon to fill out the federal census form that was delivered to my house. Many Americans may complain about such an “onerous” exercise, but most citizens understand the importance of being...

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By R. Edward Grumbine / On September 28th, 2010

During a trip last week to Nepal to attend a workshop on climate change adaptation strategies across the Himalaya, I experienced darkness within darkness for several hours every night. I am not talking about visiting one of the poorest and least...