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environmental history



  • Learning From the Kariba Dam

    The history of the Kariba Dam is the story of a war over the past and the future of a river. 


  • The Right to Breathe Free: A Showdown Over Race and Nature (Part II)

    by Douglas C. Sackman

    Over time American nature has been retrofitted with an infrastructure of racism, one that gives some people open access to land, clean water, and good air while constricting the access of others to these vital natural resources, or takes them away altogether.


  • After 50 years of Earth Day, Will we Have 100?

    by Kimberlee Hurley

    This fiftieth celebration of Earth Day should serve as a celebration of the work that has been done. However, it should also serve as a wake-up call for the work that still needs to be done.



  • The Pandemic Is Not a Natural Disaster

    by Kate Brown

    Zoonotic diseases can seem like earthquakes; they appear to be random acts of nature. In fact, they are more like hurricanes—they can occur more frequently, and become more powerful, if human beings alter the environment in the wrong ways.