Commentary

Commentary from the CHE community on current events, contemporary issues, and scholarly debates.

Only Male Birds Sing

When a long-dominant theory about sexual selection’s role in the evolution of bird song is corrected, what happens to conventional ideas about the sex of singing birds?

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The Ethics of Ceremony at Standing Rock

Activists at Standing Rock bring a sense of ceremony to environmental politics.

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Wisconsin’s John Muir: An Interview with Michael Edmonds

A traveling exhibit celebrates the life of John Muir and the centennial of the National Parks Service.

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From White Privilege to White Supremacy: An Illustrated Interview with Laura Pulido

Pursuing environmental justice requires recognizing the varied forms of racism.

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Humans, Streams, and the Desire to Manage

Reflections on improvement versus natural restoration in watershed management.

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Nuclear power station row in Chernobyl. Photo by Tim Mousseau.

Chernobyl at Thirty: A Special Edition Environment and Health Roundtable

Drawing from presentations at the recent meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in Seattle, a historian, an ecologist, and a political scientist bring their different perspectives to bear on central questions of knowledge stirred by Chernobyl. What have we learned, or not?

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Working Concepts: A Conversation with Sarah Besky

A conversation about labor: labor on tea plantations, the labor of language, and the ways in which the Anthropocene invites labor-focused inquiry.

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The Risks of Antibiotic Overuse: A Neglected Public Priority

Though antibiotics have offered life-saving benefits, they are not without consequence. Scientists must continue to facilitate public engagement and understanding to reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.

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Bicycling Renaissance: a Bike Boom of Old (With Lessons for the New)

An interview with Dr. Evan Friss about the 1890s bicycling revolution in the United States.

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Vocabularies for Technology, Nature, and the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Scott Kirsch

A conversation with geographer Scott Kirsch about what we mean when we talk about technology, and how we can understand the relationship between language and environmental and historical change.

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