Tag: pollution

Bookshelf: Jens Kersten on Inwastement—Abfall in Umwelt und Gesellschaft

The Inwastement volume arose from the research cluster “Waste and Society” of the RCC together with LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies. Published in German by Transcript, the issue includes contributions from: Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler, Claudia R. Binder, Eveline Dürr, Gisela Grupe, Rüdiger Haum, Michael Jedelhauser, Jens Kersten, Roman… Continue Reading “Bookshelf: Jens Kersten on Inwastement—Abfall in Umwelt und Gesellschaft”

Lunchtime Colloquia, Winter Semester 2015/2016

Lise Sedrez on “A Man, a Woman and an Island in Guanabara Bay: How Two Scientists Turned a Hydrobiology Station into a Pollution Monitoring Center in 1950s Rio de Janeiro”   Kirsten Wehner on “Towards an Ecological Museology: Integrating ‘Nature’ and ‘Culture’ at the… Continue Reading “Lunchtime Colloquia, Winter Semester 2015/2016”

Interview: Lise Sedrez on the Samarco Tailings Dam Spill, Minas Gerais, Brazil (Part Two)

The mine tailing dam break in Bento Rodrigues, Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on 5 November 2015 has been described by the Brazilian government as the country’s worst environmental catastrophe. Robert Emmett and Claire Lagier sat down with Brazilian environmental historian Lise Sedrez at the RCC… Continue Reading “Interview: Lise Sedrez on the Samarco Tailings Dam Spill, Minas Gerais, Brazil (Part Two)”

Worldview: Antarctica

by Ingo Heidbrink Antarctica is the only continent with a permanent population of zero, and it has a strong international regulation system governing human activities from research to tourism. One might question whether an environmental history of Antarctica, beyond natural history, could therefore even… Continue Reading “Worldview: Antarctica”

Photo of the Week: Anna Rühl

With over 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolians call their country the Land of the Blue Sky. Except sometimes it’s not. On a winter’s day in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar—home to approximately half of the country’s population of three million—air pollution can… Continue Reading “Photo of the Week: Anna Rühl”

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… Continue Reading “Photo of the Week: Annka Liepold”

Film Review: Plastic Planet

Post by Ellen Arnold How much plastic do you think is in your life? Probably more than you realize. Werner Boote’s documentary film Plastic Planet explores the rapid expansion of plastics production and consumption since the 1950s, bringing both a global dimension and personal,… Continue Reading “Film Review: Plastic Planet”

All Environmental Politics is Local: What Today’s Climate Activists Can Learn From Yesterday’s Antipollution Movement

Post by Christopher Sellers As we approach the forty-third Earth Day, American climate activism has finally gotten feisty. Hopes have arisen that its sway can approach that of the antipollution movement of the 1960s, out of which the first Earth Day sprang. A recent… Continue Reading “All Environmental Politics is Local: What Today’s Climate Activists Can Learn From Yesterday’s Antipollution Movement”

Living with Zombie Mines

Post by John Sandlos and Arn Keeling Mention the words “zombie mine” and you risk conjuring images of grotesque undead figures lurking in dark abandoned tunnels, more the stuff of movie or video game fantasies than anything to do with mining in the real… Continue Reading “Living with Zombie Mines”