Spotlight

The Magic Mirror: Legends, Limnology, and Nuclear Power on Lake Stechlinby

15 minutes On the horizon of the small German village of Neuglobsow, the chimney of the Rheinsberg nuclear power plant rises above the surrounding beech and pine...

Talking Fungus: Finding Language for a Troubled Kingdom

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10 minutes

The fields were spotted with monstrous fungi of a size and colour never matched before—scarlet and mauve and liver and black. It was as though the sic...

Seeing with a Forager’s Eye: A Conversation with Martin Saxer

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17 minutes

Martin Saxer leads the research project “Foraging at the Edge of Capitalism,” based at the Rachel Carson Center (RCC). When this project began, he rem...

The Value of Fragments: Making a Hotspot in Mount Nimba, Liberia

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28 minutes

Faint high-pitched sounds echo up from the cavernous pit into which we peer. At twilight’s edge, the dry season’s intense midday sun has mellowed into...

Beavering

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11 minutes

Spring is approaching. The beavers have left a single stick about a meter long across the pond outlet, marking their intentions. “No mud yet, but we a...

The Poetics of Dunes

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11 minutes

Sand, solid, substance From high mountains with valleys and vineyards Down the river to the sea. Washed ashore, Blown by cold northwest winds, Trapped...

How Wild Is Wild?

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12 minutes

Potter Stewart, a former Justice of the US Supreme Court, famously said of hard-core pornography that it was hard to define but he knew it when he saw...

Stop Saving the Planet!—and Other Tips via Rachel Carson for Twenty-First-Century Environmentalists

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42 minutes

Rachel Carson was a visionary. She’s a towering figure in the modern environmental movement. She’s widely considered to be its founding voice, and she...

Climate-Sensitive Architecture as a Blueprint: Habits, Shades, and the Irresistible Staircase

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15 minutes

Patterns of Desire The relationship of climate to the built environment has been of increasing interest over the past decade. As is generally known, t...

A Dialogue on Form, Knowledge, and Representation

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15 minutes

Gregg Mitman: Disciplines impose a certain form and structure on the world. When we see calls for multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transdiscip...

South African Eden: The Kruger National Park

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4 minutes

The world-renowned Kruger National Park—situated on South Africa’s boundary with Mozambique and comprising some 19.000 km²—has its origins in two colo...

Chernobyl

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7 minutes

I grew up in a country that does not exist anymore—East Germany or the GDR. Perhaps this partially explains my interest in Eastern Europe and its envi...

Problematic Postage: Canada’s Claim to the Arctic through a Postage Stamp

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7 minutes

Philatelic materials—postage stamps or documents related to postal history—are often overlooked in terms of their significance and impact on nation-bu...

The Water Shops of Republican Tianjin

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6 minutes

The city of Tianjin was one of China’s treaty ports with foreign concessions in the second half of the nineteenth and the early twentieth ce...

What Is Yellow Fever? Disease and Causation in Environmental History

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6 minutes

In many environmental histories, diseases serve to make one of the field’s foundational claims: that nonhuman forces matter in the shaping of human ev...

Filling the Blue Hole in Environmental History

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6 minutes

There is a blue hole in environmental history. It remains a remarkably landlocked discipline, one that largely ignores the seven-tenths of our globe’s...

In Praise of Weeds: Sympoiesis at St. James’s Piccadilly

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6 minutes

At 7:54 p.m. on 14 October 1940, the church of St. James’s Piccadilly, in the heart of London, was hit by high explosive and incendiary bombs. By the ...

A Crab’s-Eye View of the Food Chain in Contemporary China

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6 minutes

This article rethinks Chinese foodways and invasive species from a crab’s perspective....