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A car drives through a flooded street

By Laurie Mazur / On October 23rd, 2019

In the era of unprecedented storms and flooding, unchecked development in the flood plain is a recipe for disaster. But cities can break the cycle of fill, build, and flood.

By Denise Fairchild, Kim Evon / On October 22nd, 2019

Climate fires are California’s new normal. This new normal requires new strategies, new technologies and new partnerships with America’s caregivers to ensure the sick, the elderly and the most vulnerable are climate and energy resilient.

Model of a multi-level parking

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On October 19th, 2019

Urban planner Lisa Nisenson answers questions from the final webinar of our Saving Our Suburbs series with the authors of Suburban Remix.

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...

City street with cars in multiple lanes and one bus.

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On October 11th, 2019

Why fight for a better bus system? Steven Higashide explores this question in this chapter excerpt from Better Buses, Better Cities.

Caregiver with elderly woman

By Denise Fairchild, Monica Russo / On October 7th, 2019

Caregivers are underappreciated and underutilized partners in disaster response. But with proper recognition and support, they could become a linchpin of successful disaster response.

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.

Hands holding a sapling with soil. Photo by Kyle Ellefson/Unsplash

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On October 4th, 2019

Explore the food movement in Sitka, Alaska in this excerpt from Food Town, USA: Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We Eat.

A colorful frog on a branch. Photo by Thomas Marent.

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On September 27th, 2019

Read this excerpt from Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth’s Most Vital Frontlines to find out what makes rainforests so valuable for our planet.

Books related to environmental activism on a shelf

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez, Jason Leppig / On September 27th, 2019

Excerpts from four Island Press books highlight activists, organizations, and strategies from environmental movements in the past.

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