Tag: environmental history

“The Anthropocene: Where on Earth Are We Going?”

We are pleased to present a video of the keynote speech from the opening of The Anthropocene Project, a transdisciplinary investigation into the Anthropocene hypothesis, which states that Earth has entered a new geological epoch in which mankind itself has become a dominant geophysical… Continue Reading ““The Anthropocene: Where on Earth Are We Going?””

Five Minutes with a Fellow: Carmel Finley

Five Minutes with a Fellow offers a brief glimpse into what inspires researchers in the environmental humanities. The interviews feature current and former fellows from the Rachel Carson Center. Carmel Finley is interested in the role of oceans as an intersection between science and… Continue Reading “Five Minutes with a Fellow: Carmel Finley”

Learning to Love Pesticides: A Look at Popular American Attitudes

Post by Michelle Mart Since the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, there have been numerous popular and scholarly studies of pesticide use in the United States. Environmentalists and others have credited Rachel Carson with awakening people to the dangers of overuse of these… Continue Reading “Learning to Love Pesticides: A Look at Popular American Attitudes”

Questioning the Limits to Growth: Responses to a Lecture by Dennis Meadows

Following Dennis Meadows’ lecture, “The Limits to Growth and the Future of Humanity,” which was given at the Amerika Haus in Munich on Tuesday, 4 December 2012, the RCC is making available the slides used during the presentation and the questions collected from the… Continue Reading “Questioning the Limits to Growth: Responses to a Lecture by Dennis Meadows”

An Interview with Jane Carruthers

Combining histories to look at the whole picture is something very particular to environmental history, according to Jane Carruthers, a professor of history at the University of South Africa and an RCC board member. She offers this and other interesting insights into the present… Continue Reading “An Interview with Jane Carruthers”

Five Minutes with a Fellow: Claudia Leal

Five Minutes with a Fellow offers a brief glimpse into what inspires researchers in the environmental humanities. The interviews feature current and former fellows from the Rachel Carson Center. Claudia Leal is an associate professor in the department of history at the Universidad de… Continue Reading “Five Minutes with a Fellow: Claudia Leal”

Dust Storm

Post by Donald Worster On October 19 the American media excitedly reported “a massive dust storm” blanketing northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. For several hours the winds blew dirt eastward from the plains, limiting visibility on the ground to a mere ten feet. The… Continue Reading “Dust Storm”

Germany’s “Coal Pit” Reinvents Itself

This post was originally composed for polis and is re-posted here with their permission. “Deep in the West, where the sun is gathering dust,” bellows Herbert Grönemeyer in an ode to his home town, Bochum, “things are better, much better than you think.” Even… Continue Reading “Germany’s “Coal Pit” Reinvents Itself”

Barry Commoner and the Bridge between the Lab and the Ghetto

Post by Robert Gioielli With Barry Commoner’s death last week, the American environmental movement lost one of its most underappreciated leaders and voices. This may seem like an overstatement, considering the robust obituaries offered up in the days after his passing, but Commoner is… Continue Reading “Barry Commoner and the Bridge between the Lab and the Ghetto”

Five Minutes with a Fellow: Amy Hay

Five Minutes with a Fellow offers a brief glimpse into what inspires researchers in the environmental humanities. The interviews feature current and former fellows from the Rachel Carson Center. Amy Hay is an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas-Pan American. Her… Continue Reading “Five Minutes with a Fellow: Amy Hay”