History for the Future? What the Past Reveals About the Warming Arctic

In this blog, Dagomar Degroot of Georgetown University muses on an intriguing question behind his forthcoming article (online first, Spring 2019) in Environment and History, ‘War of the Whales: Climate Change, Weather, and Arctic Conflict in the Early Seventeenth Century’: can historians write credibly about the future, as well as the past? In an era of … More History for the Future? What the Past Reveals About the Warming Arctic

Commoning as a possible strategy to drive off the Mafia?

In this blog, Marco Armiero, Filippo Gravagno, Giusy Pappalardo and Alessia Denise Ferrara, whose paper ‘The Nature of Mafia: An Environmental History of the Simeto River Basin’ has just been published online first in Environment and History (1 Jan. 2019) discuss how the Mafia plays a role in the exploitation of the commons and how … More Commoning as a possible strategy to drive off the Mafia?

The long and successful life of ‘desertification’ in the Sahel

In today’s blog, Tor A. Benjaminsen and Pierre Hiernaux introduce the subject of their forthcoming article, ‘From Desiccation to Global Climate Change: A History of the Desertification Narrative in the West African Sahel, 1900–2018’ in Global Environment, part of a Special Issue on Deserts in Environmental History (Spring 2019). While the Sahel has become greener since … More The long and successful life of ‘desertification’ in the Sahel

Decolonising Dignity

In today’s blog, Dr Christine J. Winter of the University of Sydney, whose paper ‘Decolonising Dignity for Inclusive Democracy‘ is forthcoming in Environmental Values (28.1, February 2019) explains how the landmark legal conferring of personhood on three [Aoteraroa] New Zealand geo-regions has opened up an opportunity to re-evaluate the concept of dignity in a way … More Decolonising Dignity

Emerging Scholars in the Age of Uncertainty: Goals and Plans of ESEH Next Generation Action Team in 2018–19.

Today’s blog first appeared as the November 2018 ESEH ‘Notepad’ in Environment and History. In it, Viktor Pál, Roberta Biasillo, Elena Kochetkova, Tayler Meredith, Simone Schleper and Erin Spinney, introduce their exciting new initiative: the ESEH Next Generation Action Team (NEXTGATe). In recent years the environmental humanities have evolved in new and exciting directions, due … More Emerging Scholars in the Age of Uncertainty: Goals and Plans of ESEH Next Generation Action Team in 2018–19.

Polluting smoke or fragrant fumes: The dilemma of a Chinese rural kitchen

In today’s blog Rune Svarverud, whose article ‘Ventilation for the Nation: Fresh Air, Sunshine, and the Warfare on Germs in China’s National Quest for Hygienic Modernity, 1849–1949′ has just been published ‘online first’ in Environment and History (subscription access / paywall ), zooms in on the micro-level, exploring questions, problems and perceptions of air quality in … More Polluting smoke or fragrant fumes: The dilemma of a Chinese rural kitchen

Agricultural Arsenic: Uncovering a Nineteenth-Century Pesticide Scare

In this blog, Matthew Holmes takes a long view on the role – and risks – of agricultural pesticides in the delicate balance between food security and environmental conservation. His article ‘Melancholy Consequences: Britain’s Long Relationship with Agricultural Chemicals since the Mid-eighteenth Century’ has been published ‘online-first’ in Environment and History. The market for organic food … More Agricultural Arsenic: Uncovering a Nineteenth-Century Pesticide Scare

Ecological Armageddon?! What can historians do to help?

In today’s blog, Thomas van Goethem, whose article with Jan Luiten van Zanden ‘Who is Afraid of Biodiversity? Proposal for a Research Agenda for Environmental History’ was recently published ‘online first’ in Environment and History, considers the role of historians in understanding the drivers of biodiversity loss and calls for historians’ engagement in  tackling the problem. Headlines … More Ecological Armageddon?! What can historians do to help?

A Cultural Shift towards an Ecological Democracy

The first issue of Environmental Values in 2019 (Vol. 28) will be a Special Issue on Ecological Democracy. Marit Hammond’s article ‘A Cultural Account of Ecological Democracy’, can be previewed here. In today’s blog, adapted with thanks from cusp.ac.uk she asks: are sustainability and democracy in conflict? Some argue saving the planet cannot be left … More A Cultural Shift towards an Ecological Democracy

Agency, Adaptive Capacity and Hope across Seven Research Sites

In today’s blog, part of our occasional series with NiCHE, Gregory Kennedy (professeur agrégé en histoire et directeur scientifique de l’Institut d’études acadiennes, Université de Moncton, Canada) introduces his co-written article in the latest issue of Global Environment (GE 11.2) on adaptive capacity and strategies in the face of environmental change. We continue to witness … More Agency, Adaptive Capacity and Hope across Seven Research Sites