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Environmentalism from Below, 2014 Participants

Politics as Usual?

I recently had the privilege of attending the Environmentalism from Below workshop organized by Jonathan Clapperton, Liza Piper, the Rachel Carson Center, and NiCHE at the University of Alberta (August […]

Clarion River, Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania

Fostering Camaraderie: NiCHE New Scholars Committee Begins the 2014/15 Year

The NiCHE New Scholars Committee is a sub-group of NiCHE that connects environmental history grad students, postdoctoral fellows, and recent PhD graduates. The committee meets digitally, either via Google Talk […]

"Low pressure system over Iceland" by NASA

“Human Climate” and the Interface of Earth-Sea and Sky: a Meditation on the Verticality of this Ecotone

“Human Climate” and the Interface of Earth-Sea and Sky : a Meditation on the Verticality of this Ecotone after John Gillis’ lecture “Islands as Waterlands”[1] John Gillis, who has a […]

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Sights worth looking at: Agricultural Exhibitions in Nova Scotia

I have just returned from the Halifax County Exhibition, in its 130th year, where I showed my family’s balsam fir Christmas trees. Christmas trees have only been part of exhibitions […]

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Grounding Environmentalism in Small-Scale Reality: Environmentalism from Below Workshop

The Environmentalism from Below Workshop took place at the University of Alberta, August 7-9, 2014. The event was convened by Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper and sponsored jointly by The […]

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River Deep, Mountain High: archiving the sounds of water

By Cheryl Tipp, Curator of Natural Sounds, British Library Tucked away in a corner of north London lives one of the most important natural sound collections in the world. For […]

Impression of a Buenos Aires slaughterhouse by Charles Pellegrini, 1829.

Mapping Supply Chains for 19th Century Leather

By Andrew Watson with Jim Clifford For the past two weeks I’ve been in Saskatoon, working with Jim Clifford in the University of Saskatchewan’s Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) Lab. […]

Automobiles en provenance des États-Unis sur le pont Peace à Fort Erié. Tiré de : Ontario, Annual Report of the Department of Highways of Ontario for the fiscal year ending March 31st 1946 (Toronto, Ont., 1946).

À travers le pare-brise : la création des territoires touristiques à l’ère de l’automobile (Québec et Ontario, 1920-1967)

En collaboration avec Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert a soutenu sa thèse de doctorat à l’Université de Montréal en novembre 2013. C’est avec un peu de retard qu’on souligne ici son […]

Prime Minister Harper with Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment,
8 February 2010. Source: Office of the Prime Minister

Stephen Harper, History, and the Canadian Environmental Movement

by Ryan O’Connor. In the July 31st edition of the Toronto Star, Rick Smith, executive director of the Broadbent Institute, makes the case that “Stephen Harper is the best thing […]


Review: The Once and Future Great Lakes Country

Reviewed By: Matthew S. Wiseman (Wilfrid Laurier University) Published: The Otter-NiCHE (August, 2014) Riley, John L. The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, […]

A few selections from the shelves in the NiCHE office

#EnvHist Worth Reading: July 2014

Every month we 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. Here are […]

Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, “Hunters in the Snow,” 1565

The Culture of Climate Change

This is the 5th in a series of posts written by recipients of NiCHE New Scholar Travel Grants to attend the World Congress of Environmental History in Guimarães, Portugal.   […]