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Figure 3: Anthromes for Oklahoma, 1900. Source: Inhabit the Anthropocene

#EnvHist Worth Reading: January 2016

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 […]

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Counterbalancing Declensionist Narratives in Environmental History

One of the themes that seems to be the topic of continuous discussion within the field of environmental history is how we need to do more than simply produce declensionist […]

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Review: Energy Consumption in Canada in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Reviewed by: Ruth Sandwell Richard W. Unger and John Thistle, Energy Consumption in Canada in the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Statistical Outline (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Instituto di […]

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Turning off Niagara Falls … Again: 1969 Redux

Social and conventional media, including the likes of the New York Times, were abuzz this week with the news of a proposal by New York State to “shut off” American Falls, […]

Mactaquac Dam and hydroelectric building, New Brunswick on the Saint John River. Photograph by Scott Davis, 4 January 2005. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mactaquac1.jpg

Does this Dam Have a Future? Taking a Closer Look at the Mactaquac Dam

The Mactaquac Dam, located nineteen kilometres upstream from Fredericton, is one of three large hydro-electric dams found on New Brunswick’s Saint John River—there are many more found on the river’s […]

Chief Piapot and warriors with Lt-Governor Dewdney, 1885. Source: Library and Archives Canada, 3247947.

Clearing the Plains and Clearing the Air: Environmental History and National Memory [Video]

In November 2015, Professor James Daschuk delivered the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History at York University. The title of his lecture was, “Clearing the Plains and Clearing the Air: […]

Malaga Experimental Field. Photo by Guiomar Gallego

Reconstructing Sustainable Agrarian Conditions: Examples from three field experiments in Spain.

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project Stripped of much of its traditional knowledge, modern western agriculture based on fossil fuel mechanization […]

Clam gardens can provide more productive habitat for clams than regular intertidal areas. Photo by Darcy Mathews via Hakai Institute, "Clam Gardens are Cultivating a New Look at Ancient Land Use."

#EnvHist Worth Reading: December 2015

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 […]

"Mongolia climate change and adaptation" Source: Asian Development Bank

Teaching Climate History in a Warming World

This semester, I taught my first course devoted exclusively to the environmental history of climate change. The course was, as one of my senior auditors pointed out, unusually ambitious. Luckily, […]

Daniel Macfarlane's ENVS 1100 class at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in Fall 2015

The Grass Is Always Greener?: A Historian Teaching in Environmental Studies

I’m going to start by making an assertion: I prefer teaching in environmental studies over teaching in a history department. There are two main reasons: 1) I get to focus […]

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The Otter~La loutre: Top Five Articles of 2015

2015 was a big year for our little website here at the Network in Canadian History and Environment. We had more readers than ever with over 93,000 views and more than […]

Chaudière Falls, 1880. Source: Library and Archives Canada, 3236286.

Contested Histories of the Ottawa River: Views from the 2015 Quelques arpents de neige Workshop

On June 14, 1613, while exploring the Ottawa River, Samuel de Champlain wrote about his encounter with a spectacular site: The water falls in one place with such force upon […]