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Monday, 27 October 2014

New podcast episode: Climate variability and population dynamics in prehistoric Australia

The first people to settle in Australia, ancestors of present day Aboriginals, arrived in Australia about 50,000 years ago. They encountered a cooler and drier continent than at present. From about 35,000 years ago global temperatures and water availability declined even further culminating in the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), about 21,000 years ago. At this time, the Australian continent entered its driest and coolest period since modern humans colonized it. By 12,000 years ago the climate warmed rapidly, sea levels rose and climate began to ameliorate.

On a new episode of the Exploring Environmental History Podcast, Alan Williams, an archaeologist and graduate student in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University in Canberra explores the responses and adaptations by Aboriginal people to climate change over the past 50,000 years.

Listen to the podcast.

View the intro video on YouTube.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

New feed for Exploring Environmental History Podcast

The Exploring Environmental History Podcast has a new feed. The podcast audio files have been moved to Libsyn, a podcast media hosting service. If you are subscribed to the podcast and which to continue to receive new podcast episodes please update the feed in your podcast client such as iTunes or Juice using the new feed below. In case you have subscribed to the show through the iTunes store you don't have to do anything. The feed will be automatically updated in the iTunes Store.

The new feed is: http://ehresources.libsyn.com/rss

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the show's host Jan Oosthoek.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Call for applications for British Council workshop on environmental history, Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 2015

Scholars who were awarded their PhD within the last 10 years, and are also based at institutions of higher education or research in the UK or Kazakhstan are invited to apply to take part in a Workshop on Kazakhstan’s Environmental Challenges in a Eurasian and Global Perspective.

Proposals are welcomed on both the environmental history of Kazakhstan and on Eurasia and other parts of the Globe for purposes of comparison. UK participants are very welcome to present research on other regions of the globe.

The programme includes panels, keynote lectures, a networking session, advice on professional development and research funding, and a documentary film night.

The workshop is being held at the Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan on 3-6 January 2015.

Successful applicants’ expenses (travel, accommodation, subsistence) will be paid by the British Council.


To apply, please send (in English):

  • A letter explaining your motivation to participate (one page)
  • A CV, with degrees, employment, publications, conference papers (two pages)
  • An abstract of your presentation at the workshop (500-700 words)

to astana.envhis@gmail.com, by 31 October 2014.

Monday, 22 September 2014

New podcast episode: Who is responsible for global warming?

Who is responsible for global warming? That is a question that has dominated recent climate negotiations, most notably the failed 2009 climate convention in Copenhagen. Developing countries were putting the responsibility for historic carbon emissions and thus global warming on the developed nations. Developed nations on the other hand demanded that developing countries reduced their carbon emissions. The developing countries refused this because they felt that the rich nations had to reduce their carbon emissions and allow developing nations to continue to emit carbon in the quest for economic development. The rich nations in turn argued that we are all in it together and that from now on developing nations will be the greatest carbon emitters. The deadlock over historic carbon emissions remains to this day.

On the latest episode of the Exploring Environmental History Podcast Jan Kunnas, an independent researcher from Finland who was until recently affiliated to the University of Stirling in Scotland, discusses the question of historic responsibility of carbon emissions on this episode of the podcast.

Listen to the podcast.

Tuesday, 9 September 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

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