Profit and poison: Gambling with agricultural chemicals in Senegal’s Cotton Zone

Sarah Hardin’s article ‘Charging Responsibility for the Repercussions of Pesticide Usage in Post-War Francophone Africa‘ is now available online-first in Environment and History (subscription access required). Here she introduces some of the article’s findings. In Senegal, as in other West African countries, many women earn an income from growing and selling onions, tomatoes, cabbages and … More Profit and poison: Gambling with agricultural chemicals in Senegal’s Cotton Zone

Know thy neighbour: how humans know jackals in the Danube Delta

In today’s blog Mihnea Tanasescu describes the study that forms the basis of his co-authored (with Ștefan Constantinescu) article on Golden Jackals, ‘How Knowledge of the Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) is Formed: A Report from the Danube Delta’, in Environmental Values (online first, June 2019). The authors combined qualitative information from interviews with images from camera traps … More Know thy neighbour: how humans know jackals in the Danube Delta

Reflections on development strategies that aim at ‘linking pastoralists to market’

To complement his OPEN ACCESS co-authored article, ‘Elusive profits: understanding economic performance of local traders in the pastoral small ruminant value chain in Northern Kenya‘, in the latest issue of Nomadic Peoples (23.1, Spring 2019), Guyo Malicha Roba reflects here on pastoralists, their markets and how development strategies aimed at linking the two could be improved. … More Reflections on development strategies that aim at ‘linking pastoralists to market’

Palm Oil and Politics in the Anthropocene

In today’s blog, Amanda Machin of the University of Witten/Herdecke shows how a personal case illuminates the subject of her forthcoming paper in Environmental Values (scheduled for EV 28.3, June 2019), ‘Democracy and Agonism in the Anthropocene: The Challenges of Knowledge, Time and Boundary’. My six-year-old niece, Hazel, is on a mission against palm oil. She sorts … More Palm Oil and Politics in the Anthropocene

The View from Tumamoc

Today’s blog by Katherine Morrissey celebrates the publication of a Special Issue (12.1, March 2019) of Global Environment co-edited by Morrissey, Andrew Isenberg and Louis Warren, entitled Deserts in Environmental History  At the end of the day, I love to steal away from my office and head to the city’s edge to spend some time … More The View from Tumamoc

Israel: Environmental History in Hebrew

This blog by Yaron Balslev, surveying Israel’s environmental history scene, was originally published as the ESEH ‘Notepad’ in Environment and History (25/1, Feb. 2019) Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, scholarly interest in environmental history has increased dramatically in Israel. Much of Israeli environmental history is written in English. However, in this paper I … More Israel: Environmental History in Hebrew

What Caused the Environmental Impacts of the Oil Sands Industry?

In this blog, Hereward Longley explains how the current environmental costs of the Alberta Oil Sands industry may be traced back to a fundamental environmental governance problem that holds true across eras and areas: conflicts of interest between government regulation and resource development in the 1960s and 1970s, as explored in his new article in … More What Caused the Environmental Impacts of the Oil Sands Industry?

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 article (published online first, March 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 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 the … More The long and successful life of ‘desertification’ in the Sahel