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Three-year-old Jennifer Adair with a book, Montreal (1930-1960) Library & Archives Canada

BookLook 2017

Being an annual reconnaissance of newly-released and forthcoming works in Canadian historical geography and environmental history. See BookLook 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. Don’t see BookLook 2016; it doesn’t exist. ** I do […]

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Planning for a Flood? Plan 2014 and Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence

Shorelines are inundated, sandbags go up, states of emergency are declared. Such has been a common refrain this spring along Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the various tributaries. […]

Snipers using water wheels - John Miszzak operates a water wheel outfit, Quesnel River, B.C. Source: Canada. Dept. of Mines and Technical Surveys / Library and Archives Canada / PA-015383

#EnvHist Worth Reading: April 2017

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 […]

Reactor 4, the original sarcophagus, and the reactor 4 memorial. Source: Robynne Mellor

Chernobyl: The Ongoing Accident

Almost a year ago, in June 2016, I visited the Chernobyl exclusion zone with a fitted dust mask in hand and little idea what to expect.  At the time it […]

Weather factory? ADM Mill in Minneapolis, c1920. Photo: Minnesota Historical Society, MH5.9 MP3.1A

Weather Markets: A Business Case for Environmental History

When Monsanto spent $1 billion in 2013 to purchase Climate Corporation, its climate data, and its algorithms for using machine learning to predict weather, everyone from farmers and insurance companies […]

Peter von Tiesenhausen: Demmitt Community Centre

Righting the Land: An Interview with Peter von Tiesenhausen

Alberta’s Peace Country has experienced major changes to the landscape over the past 70 years, including the rise of farming, forestry, and oil extraction. Settler artist Peter von Tiesenhausen’s life […]

From "El amor por las montañas" series of Guy Laramee, http://www.guylaramee.com/

Anticipating the Anthropocene

At an international meeting in 2000, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul J. Crutzen grew increasingly irritated at scientists introducing their research in the context of Holocene norms. Finally, he interrupted, “We’re not […]

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Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland: The Berger Report at 40 and An Experiment, Part II

A few months ago, I wrote about a teaching experiment involving digital humanities, two classes, and the fortieth anniversary of the Berger Report (formally, Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland: The Report […]

Giant's Staircase Spillway, Robert-Bourassa Reservoir

Southern Identity and Northern Territory: Review of Desbiens, Power from the North: Territory, Identity, and the Culture of Hydroelectricity in Quebec.

Caroline Desbiens, Power from the North: Territory, Identity, and the Culture of Hydroelectricity in Quebec. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014). xxiii + 281 pp. $34.95 paper (ISBN 9780774824170). At well over one and […]

Source: Stephen Melkisethian; "#NoDAPL Emergency Rally DC 20 
Washington DC, The White House, February 8, 2017. Around 300 climate justice activists and supporters gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in an emergency action to protest the Army Corps Of Engineer's sudden granting of the required easement to proceed with the construction of the last leg of the Dakota Access pipeline."

An Evolving Conversation: Environmental History and Current Events

In February/March, five new scholars in environmental history, from both the United States and Canada, gathered digitally to begin a discussion of recent environmental trends and issues and how the […]

Norwegian Postcard "F-1516-3 Tromsø. Byen hvor isbjørnen "vandrer" i gatene." Source: Flicker Commons, Nasjonalbiblioteket / National Library of Norway

#EnvHist Worth Reading: March 2017

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 […]

Montréal, 1900-1905. Rue Craig >Est, depuis rue McGill, BANQ Carte Postale, Photo: Flickr

Nouvelles façons d’imaginer une vieille ville

Editor’s note: this post first appeared in the historical GIS series as New Ways to Imagine an Old City. It has been translated by members of Géohistorie Canada: Partenariat canadien […]