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A Toxic Legacy: The Science and Politics of Depleted Uranium and Other Heavy Metals

By Stephanie Hood, RCC Editor RCC staff, fellows, and visiting scholars were drawn together last week for a lunchtime discussion with Prof. Dr. Peter Horn—expert in isotope geochemistry at LMU—on the environmental detection of depleted uranium (DU) and other heavy metals. Horn introduced his…

Cocaine, Schizophrenia, and Nuclear Reactors: Life as an RCC Editor

By Brenda Black Our work as editors at the RCC requires us to be generalists (because of the wide variety of topics encountered), but also capable of interpreting highly specialized texts (because it is impossible to edit what one does not understand). For one…

John Agbonifo To Help Found African Network of Environmental Humanities

RCC alumnus John Agbonifo is part of team that is in the process of creating the African Network of Environmental Humanities (ANEH). The ANEH is a new multidisciplinary association of scholars resident in Africa and abroad who share a common passion to explore and…

CfP: Turning Protest Into Policy

The ASEH invites proposals for its 2015 conference that will convene March 18-22 in Washington, DC. The conference theme is “Turning Protest into Policy: Environmental Values and Governance in Changing Societies.” The program committee particularly encourages panel and roundtable proposals that engage the theme…

CfP: North Atlantic Fisheries History Association 14th International Conference

Between the Commons and the Market: New Cultural, Social and Economic Perspectives on Fisheries History and Coastal Heritage Historians, social scientists, museum professionals and other scholars working in the field of fishery and coastal heritage are cordially  invited to the 14th NAFHA Conference, which…

Photo of the Week: Annka Liepold

Kuta Beach, Bali, during “Trash Season.” On top of the regular daily trash left behind at the beaches, this is a phenomenon that occurs annually between the end of December and the end of February. Because of strong winds, plastic discarded in the ocean…

Scenarios: Using Science Fiction to Think About the Future

Post by Jenny Seifert. Reposted with kind permission of Adam Hinterthuer at UW-Madison Center for Limnology. Change is constant and inevitable—in jobs, in relationships, in business, and in nature. It can make us feel downright powerless to realize that nothing is certain. So why…

Outsmarting Technology: Elephants as Non-Human-Actors in Wildlife Conflicts

By Ursula Münster What differentiates humans from other animals is a question that has long occupied scholars in the life sciences and humanities alike. For the conservation biologists, farmers, and indigenous Adivasis I met during my ethnographic fieldwork at a wildlife sanctuary in South…

An Interview with Verena Winiwarter, Austrian Academic of the Year

This interview was conducted by Klaus Taschwer for derstandard.at. To view the German text, please click here. Thank you to Rachel Shindelar for helping to translate the interview. Austria’s environmental journalists have selected you as academic of the year. Surprised? Yes, I was completely…

@TrapperBud and the History of Northern Canada

By Tina Adcock “Friday. Left Peace River Aug 30 1929 ran on sand bar, had to stay all night, rained to beat heck.” With this tweet, Derryl Murphy began to narrate a family history that would soon gain a much larger audience than tales…