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Photograph by Laura Larsen.

Running the Rails: The Perennial Question of Prairie Grain Handling

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 […]

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

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

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, […]

"Giant Mine, Yellowknife" by Allan Farrell

Film Review: Guardians of Eternity

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 […]

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

Down the Line: Exploring the Environmental History of Pipelines

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) […]

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

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 […]

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Environmental History, Conservation, and the Social Sciences

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, […]

Source: Black Hour (Flicker Commons); "The people want environmental justice: The second annual "Love Yo Mama" celebration in East Oakland put environmental justice back into Earth Day (April 2010)

#EnvHist Worth Reading: December 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 […]

View over Mackenzie Delta from Cessna 172 - En route from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk - Northwest Territories - Canada

Review of Dokis, Where the Rivers Meet

Carly A. Dokis. Where the Rivers Meet: Pipelines, Participatory Management, and Aboriginal-State Relations in the Northwest Territories. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015), 207 pgs, ISBN 978-0-7748-2845-1. Reviewed by Cyrus M. Hester, […]

Featured Image: A farmer loads his manure spreader in Shelby County, Iowa, 1941. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Rethinking American Agriculture: Fertilized Farms and Victory Gardens

By Anastasia Day and Timothy Johnson Editor’s Note: This post is the sixth in the “Seeds: New Research in Environmental History” series cosponsored by NiCHE and Edge Effects, highlighting the work of members […]

Polar Bear Swim, English Bay, Vancouver, BC. Source: Flickr

The Otter~La loutre: Top Five Posts of 2016

With 2016 behind us, now is the time to take a quick peek at the most popular posts of the year on The Otter~La loutre. 2016 was a big year for […]

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

New ways to imagine an old city

Imagine if you could examine the entire real estate portfolio for any proprietor in a large city linked to detailed household descriptions of up to a third of his or […]

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The Drawing Room at the Seigneury House, Beauharnois, Lower Canada (1838), Library & Archives Canada

Holiday Reading

CBC does it, Canada’s History does it, the New York Times does it…. Now NiCHE has year-end recommendations for books-you-would-like-to-give-or-receive: things we’ve read and loved, things we want to read […]