Tag: climate change

Making Tracks: Charlie Trautmann

“Home at Last” By Charlie Trautmann Have you ever received a paperback for Christmas from your mother-in-law that landed you a fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich? I have. My journey to the Carson Center was more like an odyssey—long and circuitous….

Mumbai Deluge 2017: Nowadays Rain Gods Have a New Tool—Plastic Bags!

by Ayushi Dhawan We often do not think twice before buying a plastic bag at a supermarket or a shopping mall. It’s bought because it’s needed and discarded after being used for a short while. How harmful can these everyday practices be to our…

The Taproom: Susan Gauss

“Un trago amargo—A Bitter Drink: Beer, Water, and Globalization” By Susan Gauss A truck drives down the street in Zaragoza, Coahuila, its loudspeaker reminding residents to conserve water or face fines. Local farmers also feel the pain, as they scale back planting due to…

Communicating the Climate: How to Communicate Scholarly Findings on Climate and Weather in a Controversial Time

Workshop Report (Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany, 18 August 2017) by Katrin Kleemann On 18 August 2017, the RCC hosted a workshop on the challenges and goals of communicating climate research. The workshop was organized by two RCC doctoral candidates, Jeroen Oomen and Katrin…

Uses of Environmental History: Don Worster

This is the fourth in a series of posts exploring the uses of environmental history. The series has been adapted from contributions to a roundtable forum published in the first issue of the new Journal for Ecological History, edited by Renmin University’s Center for Ecological History. By Donald Worster If…

The Future of Wild Europe

Conference Report (The University of Leeds, UK, 12–14 September 2016) By Roger Norum A version of this report was first published  17 October 2016 on ENHANCE ITN. This three-day conference was the first of three large events for the ENHANCE ITN (The Environmental Humanities for a Concerned…

Snapshot: Our Future in the Anthropocene

On 15 September the Deutsches Museum hosted a Zukunftskongress (Future Congress) together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Club of Rome; the event brought together international visionaries, experts, and activists to discuss ways to tackle problems such as…

Bookshelf: The Troubled History of Environmentalism

By Bob Wilson   The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation by Adam Rome The Light-Green Society: Ecology and Technological Modernity in France, 1960-2000 by Michael Bess Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental…

Making Tracks: Robert Wilson

In the “Making Tracks” series, RCC fellows and alumni present their experiences in environmental humanities, retracing the paths that led them to the Rachel Carson Center. For more information, please click here. “Scholar Activist?” By Robert Wilson  My journey to the Rachel Carson Center…

Student Research: Working in the Eye of the Storm

By Jeroen Oomen (Doctoral Candidate) When the COP21 Paris climate agreement was announced in December 2015, much of the world reacted with relief, disbelief, or skepticism. For the first time since the Kyoto Protocol, after many monumental failures, the international community seemed to have…