Island Press Field Notes blog

Island Press Field Notes

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By Jarrett Walker / On November 22nd, 2016

Do you think bus service is never as “permanent” as rail service?  Well, it depends on how much infrastructure you build, and how proudly it announces the bus service as an essential part of the cityscape, both as icon and as opportunity.

By Laurie Mazur / On November 21st, 2016

With cap-and-trade, as with all well-intentioned fixes, “the devil is in the details.”

Photo credit: Shutterstock

By Katharine Sucher / On November 18th, 2016

Around the country, interest in Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings is growing—this fall Santa Monica passed the world’s first ZNE building requirement for new single family homes and Boise unveiled Idaho’s first commercial ZNE building.

By Denise Fairchild / On November 16th, 2016

With few sessions addressing the environment and none on climate change, the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference seems to be ignoring an issue that affects millions.

By John Fleck / On November 15th, 2016

I’d like to tell a Vin Scully story. Growing up in Southern California in the 1960s, radio was a backdrop to our lives. It was the AM radio era, and KFI 640 was often on in the house, whatever they were playing. I loved radio. I would...

By Peter Harnik, Alexandra Hiple / On November 14th, 2016

In 2013, the city of Norfolk, Virginia, removed almost 70 benches from three small city parks.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By David Miller / On November 9th, 2016

Today, many of us are struggling to understand the outcome of an election process that largely ignored climate change and many other environmental issues. It’s all the more important, therefore, to promote a rich understanding and appreciation of nature...

Grand Canyon/Photo Credit: Becca Bright

By Rebecca Bright / On November 8th, 2016

Here at Island Press, I spend much of my time reading about our authors’ work in wild and remote places from the confines of a desk chair. So last May, I jumped at the chance to venture away from the office on a backpacking trip with Jason Mark, author...

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By Emily Monosson / On November 8th, 2016

The New York Times article, ...

By Linda Rudolph, Kathy Dervin / On November 7th, 2016

Climate change remains the greatest health challenge of this century — but the candidates aren’t talking about it.