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The World as a Wardian Caseby

21 minutes In 1829, Nathanial Bagshaw Ward, a London doctor, placed the pupa of a sphinx moth, some dirt, and a few leaves in a glass bottle and clamped on a lid...

Deadly Affairs: An Art Exhibition about Toxicity

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14 minutes

Sometime in 2018 I joined a tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Guided by art historian Ingrid Greenfield, it highlighted the role of trade betwee...

Encountering Ghost Species

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5 minutes

On Lord Howe Island, 600 kilometres off of Australia’s east coast, you can snorkel the world’s southernmost coral reef, clamber up a basalt mountain t...

Can Brussels and Beijing Get It Right? Twenty-First Century Ecological Geopolitics

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17 minutes

An explosive geopolitical landscape is confronting the world. It centers around Sino-American hyper-competition. The US-China rift, in fact, has becom...

An Otherworldly Species: Joshua Trees and the Conservation-Climate Dilemma

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14 minutes

About 210 km east of Los Angeles, along the boundary of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, stands a national park dedicated to the American Southwest’s ...

Where Ideas Grow: Life at the Landhaus

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8 minutes

In my last week at the Landhaus, the Alps are erased from the horizon. The sky is a fierce and brilliant blue, the light piercing, perfect white. Over...

The Poor Woods of Northern Nigeria

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13 minutes

I have loved trees since childhood. Mother said she was sitting under a mango tree when her water broke and I was to be born. She carried me as a baby...

Coal, War, and Peace in Twentieth-Century Europe

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14 minutes

Oil is sexy. Coal, on the other hand, is boring. When we think of oil, we think of wars and military coups, dubious secret services, international cor...

A World Parliament of Rivers

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13 minutes

How do we rescue rivers from the ravages of the Anthropocene epoch? Legal systems in the Global South are merging law with local customs to forge new ...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Spaces of Living in Transformation:
Case Studies for Rethinking the Urban in Munich, Germany

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3 minutes

This set of videos captures the everyday sights, sounds, and sensations of two spaces of transformation in Munich, Germany. Produced for the Urban Env...

Under Another Sky

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2 minutes

The Indian village of Piplantri celebrates the birth of every newborn girl by planting 111 trees. In her new film, Under Another Sky, RCC alu...

Is All Environmental Humanities Feminist Environmental Humanities?

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10 minutes

The genealogy of environmental humanities as a field is difficult to map precisely because the field resists singular or definitive categorization wit...

Lockdown and Locked In: Houseplants and Covid-19

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12 minutes

Just before the official lockdown was announced in Scotland, I moved all of my office plants home. There was no space for them in my room, but I rearr...