Island Press Urban Resilience Project

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Trump’s crackdown on immigration is terrible news for anyone who eats food

In the spring of 2011, Georgia’s fruit and vegetable growers faced a crippling drought. But it wasn’t for lack of rain; rather, their supply of …

Immigration

Bike "Boom" 101 — A Podcast Interview with Carlton Reid

Bicycling advocates envision a future in which bikes are a widespread daily form of transportation. While many global cities are seeing the number of …

Cycling

Science, if used correctly, has no political affiliation: director Scott Hamilton Kennedy on the new documentary “Food Evolution”

The film makes a case for GMOs as the future of food if only politics could get out of science's way<p>Show us your data and we’ll show you ours. That’s the stance of Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the director of the new documentary “Food Evolution,” which takes the — gasp! — position that genetically …

Agriculture

What’s ‘Most Impactful Thing’ Trump Will Do for Infrastructure?

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday stressed the need for federal infrastructure grants allowing cities to innovate, as …

Eric Garcetti

Human society is totally interdependent — that’s a huge advantage, but also a huge survival risk

True resilience is finding the sweet spot between hyper-connectedness and rigorous self-sufficiency<p><b>By Laurie Mazur and Shade Shutters</b><p>A few years ago, …

Self-sufficiency

Trump Inspires Scientist to Run for Congress to Fight Climate Change

Volcanologist Jess Phoenix would agree with President Donald Trump on one thing: There's something wrong with Washington, D.C.<p>"We need science in our everyday lives," she said, speaking in April at the Los Angeles March for Science. "Ignorance is the disease."<p>The cure is more scientists who hold …

Climate

Beware Of The Environmental Trump Trap

Environmental activists and unionized workers should be allies against Trumpism, but they're being pitted against one another.<p>As Trump slashes and burns his way through environmental regulations, including the Paris Accord, he continues to bet that political polarization will work in his favor. Not …

Climate

A Declaration of Urban Independence

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>Cities are under assault in the age of Donald Trump. It would be better for the country if they ran themselves instead.<p>July/August 2017<p><b>On Monday, November 7, 2016, I made</b> …

Cities

Sea Levels Are Rising — But the Dutch Have a Solution

In the Netherlands, water is a part of life — in fact, it’s practically a national identity. Since the first settlers moved there, pumping water to …

Climate Change

Report finds no immediate concerns about grid reliability

The North American power grid is reliable and resilient despite the growth of variable, renewable energy sources as well as an increasing risk of …

Energy

Making the Business Case for Cities-Driven Climate Protections

Climate change is a local issue mayors don’t have the luxury of ignoring, and a strong business case for protections is the best defense against …

Climate

Dissonance and Divestment: Profile of An Activist

“Why should people divest from the fossil fuel sector?” Lisa Renstrom pauses and thinks. “Let me count the ways.”<p><i>This piece is an updated excerpt</i> …

Climate

Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling

An interview with Island Press author Carlton Reid about his new book and what we can learn from the history of bike “booms”<p>Bicycling advocates …

How Change Happens: Inspiring Examples from Urban Food Policy

Many of us in the world of food policy are excited by what is happening in cities. Hundreds of municipalities are developing and delivering policies …

Agriculture

Cities Full Of Autonomous Vehicles Could End Up Less Machinelike–And More Human

Can artificial intelligence let us put people first?<p>Less than a decade ago, the concept of autonomous vehicles roaming streets and highways seemed nothing more than a moonshot. Today, we now have Uber and Google and NuTonomy and Tesla testing and tweaking their tech in the race to take driverless …

Cities

To Reduce Urban Inequality, Reconsider Unions

It’s "not merely a coincidence” that the height of unionization coincided with the lowest point of wage inequality, a new working paper suggests. But will that solution work today?<p>Cities have become simmering cauldrons of economic inequality, especially after the Great Recession. In his new book, …

Equality

People's Climate March

People’s Climate March<p>Topic:<p>The People’s Climate March, the Economy, and Policy Making<p>In This Episode:<p>01:40 Vernice Miller Travis is introduced.<br>02:14 …

Climate

Resist the New "Normal" Pushing Us Off the Path of Justice

<b>A Changing Climate Means A Changing Society. The Island Press Urban Resilience Project, Supported By The Kresge Foundation And The JPB Foundation, Is</b> …

Ku Klux Klan

Climate Preparedness: Rotterdam Sets Example for Coastal Cities Threatened by Rising Seas

By user:Quistnix (Own work) [CC BY 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons<p>June 15, 2017; New York Times<p>Despite President Trump having pulled the U.S. out of the …

Climate Change

Trump Cutting the EPA WaterSense Program Makes No Sense

<b>A Changing Climate Means A Changing Society. The Island Press Urban Resilience Project, Supported By The Kresge Foundation And The JPB Foundation, Is</b> …

Sustainability

How Do We End ‘Food Apartheid’ in America? With Farms Like This One

“Food apartheid is a human-created system of segregations, which relegates some people to food opulence and other people to food scarcity. It results …

Farming

Iconic New York beach gets climate-resilient boardwalk

It cost $70 million per mile to replace the Rockaway Beach dunes and walkway destroyed by Superstorm Sandy five years ago, a project emblematic of …

Sustainable Business

The unsustainable whiteness of green

Aaron Mair’s story starts out all too familiar to people of color who have encountered any of the big green groups: He asked one for help dealing …

Environmentalism

Will the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Mean Better Food for All?

When the news broke last Friday morning that online retailer Amazon had purchased organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market for a cool $13.7 …

Agriculture

Climate Denial puts Infrastructure at Risk

<b>A Changing Climate Means A Changing Society. The Island Press Urban Resilience Project, Supported By The Kresge Foundation And The JPB Foundation, Is</b> …

CA’s Latino AG takes on Trump’s climate agenda

Xavier Becerra, California’s combative attorney general, has become the Golden State’s face of resistance to the Trump administration’s domestic …

U.S. House of Representatives

Trump cutting the EPA WaterSense program makes no sense at all

The EPA’s WaterSense program helps communities save water and energy. Why is Trump trying to flush the program?<p><b>By Mary Ann Dickinson</b><p>President Trump …

Water

How Al Gore Keeps His Cool Over Climate Change

The former vice president sees hope in the private sector, local governments, and all of us on the internet.<p>A decade after the Oscar-winning documentary <i>An Inconvenient Truth</i> made the threat of climate change real to millions of moviegoers, the film’s star, Al Gore, is back to make it even more so. …

Climate

How Stressful Is It to Bike Through Your City?

(Credit: PeopleForBikes)How does your city’s bike network compare to others when measuring stress? That’s the question at the center of a new mapping …

Cities

For First Time Ever, U.S. Gets 10% of Electricity From Wind and Solar

Renewable energy set a new record this past March, accounting for 10 percent of electricity generation in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy …

Renewable Energy