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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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Thursday, 20 February 2014

New podcast episode: A sustainable common future? The Brundtland Report in historical perspective

The term sustainability and phrase sustainable development were popularised with the publication of Our Common Future, a report released by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. Also known as the Brundlandt report, it introduced the widely quoted definition of sustainable development: "development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Since the publication of the Brundtland report sustainable development has been widely accepted as a guiding principle, and yet the concept remains elusive and implementation has proven difficult. This is caused by the fact that economic development, social equity, and environmental protection are contradictory areas that are difficult to be reconciled. As a result the report is seen by many as a landmark in environmental politics and diplomacy while others decry it as a missed opportunity.

A new episode of the Exploring Environmental History Podcast examines these contradictions as well as the historical context of sustainability with the author of a newly published book entitled Defining Sustainable Development for Our Common Future. A History of the World Commission on Environment and Development , Iris Borowy. She is a researcher at the Institute of History, Theory and Ethics in Medicine of RWTH Aachen University, in Germany.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Environmental History Resources launches YouTube video channel

The Environmental History Resources site has launced a YouTube channel in order to consolidate its video material and bring it all together in one place. The existing videos have all been updated and converted to HD video quality, which means the videos can be watched full screen on a computer and it adapts dynamically to fit a mobile device. A couple of new titles are in the works and will be released in the coming weeks.

Important note for those who have linked or embedded existing material: these video files will shorly be removed from the server. To make sure the videos continue to work on your site please use the link or embed code of each video provided by YouTube. Instructions how to embed videos can be found on the help pages of YouTube.

View the Environmental History Resources video channel: www.youtube.com/user/ehresources. You can also subscibe to the channel so that you don't miss any new releases.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Episode 58 of Exploring Environmental Humanities released

Thom Van Dooren, Senior Lecturer in the Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, will explore the environmental humanities on the latest episode of the Exploring Environmental History Podcast. Thom’s current work focuses on the philosophical and ethical dimensions of species extinctions. In the second half of the podcast he discusses his work on the Hawaiian Crow or Alalā, which is extinct in the wild, and how this research connects the humanities with ecology, biology, and ethology. It is an example of environmental humanities research in progress highlighting the different social, political, historical, biological and ecological dimensions to the extinction of the Hawaiian crow in the wild.

Listen to podcast episode 58.

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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