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Tuesday, 9 August 2014

New video: Forestry and Landscape Change in 20th Century Scotland

A new video has been released on the EH Resources YouTube Channel. This video is a registration of an interview between Professor Bob Morris and Jan Oosthoek about the development of modern forestry in Scotland from the aristocratic estates that planted imported "exotic" trees trough the wood shortages of the first World War and the creation of the Forestry Commission. The video discusses the significant role of the British Forestry Commission in influencing the appearance, nature and use of the Scottish landscape in the 20th century.

Watch the video on this website or on YouTube

Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress

The latest episode of the Exploring Environmental History Podcast features Cameron Muir, a researcher at the Australian National University and author of the recently published bookThe Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress. On the podcast Cameron takes us on a journeys of the inland plains of Australia and he explores the story of how the arrival of modern agriculture promised ecological and social stability but instead descended into dysfunction. It is a true tour de force that starts in regional Australia but also touches on the global food system.

Listen to the podcast.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Research Funding: International Research Institute on Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan

An interesting research opportunity has arisen in Japan (but NOT requiring Japanese language) for those interested in environmental studies and history.

The International Research Institute on Humanity and Nature, a leading science and environmental policy research institute, is engaged in a series of explorations of long-term human-nature interactions associated with climatalogical and environmental change in Japan, the "Societal Adaptation to Climate Change: Integrating Palaeoclimatological Data with Historical and Archaeological Evidences" program (project web sites noted below).

Part of the institute's research funding is thus available to support a broad array of disciplinary studies related to this theme. This includes consideration of comparative perspectives, theory and method.

Competition for awards for the next Japanese fiscal year (April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016) is now open. Information on research funding, application procedures and deadlines can be found at:

English: http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/rihn_e/events/2014/2015vrf.html
Japanese: http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/careers/2015vrf.html

Project descriptions can be found at:
Japanese: http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/rihn/project/H-05.html
English: http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/rihn_e/project/H-05.html

These sites also include contact information at the Institute.

Source: H-Environment

wednesday, 2 April 2014

New video: Malthus, population growth and the resource base

A new short video has been published on the EH Resources YouTube Channel that explores the ideas of Thomas Malthus and his predictions for the growth of the human population. The video investigates the background of Malthus' ideas, the mathematical basis of it and how it influenced the debate about population growth in the latter half of 20th century. The video concludes with a brief discussion if Malthus' predictions have come true or not in the light of the high food prices in the first decade of the 21st century.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Call for authors: new world environmental history book series

The widespread perception of a global environmental crisis has stimulated the burgeoning interest in environmental studies. This has encouraged a wide range of scholars, including historians, to place the environment at the heart of their analytical and conceptual explorations. As a result, the understanding of the history of human interactions with all parts of the cultivated and non-cultivated surface of the earth and with living organisms and other physical phenomena is increasingly seen as an essential aspect both of historical scholarship and in adjacent fields, such as the history of science, anthropology, geography and sociology. Environmental history can be of considerable assistance in efforts to comprehend the traumatic environmental difficulties facing us today, while making us reconsider the bounds of possibility open to humans over time and space in their interaction with different environments.

A new book series by Palgrave Macmillan explores these interactions in studies that together touch on all parts of the globe and all manner of environments including the built environment. Books in the series will come from a wide range of fields of scholarship, from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The series particularly encourages interdisciplinary projects that emphasize historical engagement with science and other fields of study.

The publisher is seeking proposals for local and regional environmental history set in a global and trans-national context.

For more information about the book series and topics download the flyer.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Jan Oosthoek guest hosts Nature's Past podcast on Stanley Park

Stanley Park cover

Jan Oosthoek recently guest hosted an episode of Nature's past and Interviewed Sean Kheraj, the usual presenter of the podcast, about his new book entitled Inventing Stanley Park. An Environmental History.

In 1888, the City of Vancouver officially opened its first urban park to the public, Stanley Park. The park lies adjacent to downtown Vancouver, encompassing a nearly 1,000-acre peninsula. It is one of the best-known parks in Canada and its history has shaped the city of Vancouver for more than a century.

Since the mid-nineteenth century, North American city officials have created parks for leisure and recreation within urban environments. The shape, meaning, and idea of city parks has changed over time. On this episode of the podcast, we speak with environmental historian Sean Kheraj about his new book Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History of Stanley Park.

Visit Nature's Past main page at http://niche-canada.org/naturespast

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