Berger Inquiry hearing at Wrigley, NWT, 1975 (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)
Berger Inquiry hearing at Wrigley, NWT, 1975 (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)
Pioneer Cabin Tree. Source: Tom Purcell, Flickr Commons
Pioneer Cabin Tree. Source: Tom Purcell, Flickr Commons

Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland: The Berger Report at 40, and an Experiment

Berger Inquiry hearing at Wrigley, NWT, 1975 (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)

  In March 1974, Justice Thomas Berger of the Supreme Court of British Columbia was commissioned by Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government to study the environmental, economic, and social effects of […]

#EnvHist Worth Reading: January 2017

Pioneer Cabin Tree. Source: Tom Purcell, Flickr Commons

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. You can […]

New Scholars Call for Participants: Digital #EnvHist Meeting, Current Climate e-Roundtable, and ASEH Warm-up

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NiCHE New Scholars will run 3 events this spring, and we are currently looking for participants! 1) February: Digital Environmental History Showcase (Google Hangouts) The digital toolbox available to historians gets […]

ICEHO Bulletin 11

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The International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations has just posted its February 2017 bulletin, ICEHO Bulletin 11. If you have a contribution for the next bulletin, please send it to me by […]

Running the Rails: The Perennial Question of Prairie Grain Handling

Photograph by Laura Larsen.

Editor’s Note: This post is the eighth in the “Seeds: New Research in Environmental History” series cosponsored by NiCHE and Edge Effects, highlighting the work of members of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Graduate […]

Wildlife, Land, and People: A Century of Change in Prairie Canada

"Gladstone, Manitoba hunters returning from the field." n.d. Courtesy of LAC. PA 021467.

Wild animals have traditionally not been a part of what we think matters in the history of the prairie west. To be sure, prairie historians have made mention of wolves, […]

Film Review: Guardians of Eternity

"Giant Mine, Yellowknife" by Allan Farrell

Guardians of Eternity: Confronting Giant Mine’s Toxic Legacy. Directed by France Benoit. Sheba Films, 2015. 45 minutes. English and French versions. Reviewed by Jim Clifford, Department of History, University of […]

Energy Then and Now Book Launch

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Department of History at University of Toronto will host a book launch event for two new books in the field of energy humanities: Ruth […]

Down the Line: Exploring the Environmental History of Pipelines

The recently completed Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, 1977. Library of Congress.

Editor’s Note: This post is the seventh in the “Seeds: New Research in Environmental History” series cosponsored by NiCHE and Edge Effects, highlighting the work of members of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) […]

2017 Ottawa & Montréal Bootcamp on Science Policy

This coming May, we’re running an annual program called “Science Outside the Lab” that takes place in both Ottawa and Montréal. It’s a week-long immersive bootcamp for graduate students and […]

Teaching Media Literacy Through Environmental Disaster: The Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

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As we entered the Age of Trump, university educators justifiably questioned what they could do in the classroom to address the “post-truth” state of North American public discourse. Opinion pieces made […]

Environmental History, Conservation, and the Social Sciences

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If we are honest with ourselves, environmental historians will often admit to nagging doubts about whether our vocation is a useful one. Amid increasingly obvious signs of a climate change, […]