Plague-wary Londoners tolerated mischievous red kites and ravens for their services to the city’s sanitation.
The UK’s marshes, bogs and fens provided the bare necessities of daily life for many centuries.
February 1969 afforded a spot of skiing for Nottingham residents.
Photographer: Nottingham Post, courtesy: Nottingham Local Studies photographic collection
Food shortages, festivities and far-off fighting – Britain’s coldest winters were among its most memorable.
A wolf in the Białowieża Forest, Poland.
Historians and scientists discovered how colonisation in eastern Europe changed ecosystems – and the societies embedded in them.
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate strike outside the Swedish parliament, December 20 2019.
EPA-EFE/PONTUS LUNDAHL SWEDEN OUT
Instead of Tudors and Churchill, history students need to learn how civilisation has arrived at the point of no return.
Saving seed is a way of protecting the world’s vegetable varieties, saving money, and increasingly, a political statement too.
NASA ‘could not imagine the radical effect of seeing the Earth’ from the moon. In the face of a climate catastrophe, we all need to step back and see the Earth again.
Historical perspective can offer much in this time of ecological crisis,. Many historians are reinventing their traditional scales of space and time to tell different kinds of stories that recognise the unruly power of nature.
Ford, Carter, George H.W. Bush and Clinton led four of the first administrations to fully embrace policy analysis.
The process known as policy analysis requires careful consideration and deliberation. In most cases, the public also gets to weigh in.
Leonardo da Vinci, Landscape drawing for Santa Maria della Neve on 5th August 1473.
His exquisite drawings suggest a particular depth of feeling for the natural world and he was attuned to the emotions of animals. Yet it seems that preservation of nature was not on Leonardo’s mind.
‘American Progress’ by John Gast.
Progress, in historical terms, has so often meant clearing places of their native inhabitants – both human and non-human.
King Naram-Sin of Akkad, grandson of Sargon, leading his army to victory.
Rama / Louvre
Scientists have discovered new evidence of a drought that finished off the Akkadian Empire 4,000 years ago.
Stories of substitution and surrogates are all too common in the wildlife trade, especially when it comes to medicines derived from animal parts.
SS Torrey Canyon lies stranded on Seven Stones Reef off the coast of Cornwall.
Oil spills, nuclear meltdowns and chemical poisonings should be taught in schools.
In 1945, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, part of a behind-the-scenes policy to ensure access to oil for the U.S. and its allies.
National Archives and Records Administration
Big Oil has historically played a behind-the-scenes role on American policy and politics. No longer.
Residents near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota and many others are concerned of the impact of mining in its headwaters.
Almost 100 years ago, the foundations to preserve the Boundary Waters in Minnesota for recreation were put in place. Now residents are debating whether to allow a mine in its headwaters.
Protector in chief: Theodore Roosevelt with conservationist John Muir at Yosemite in 1906.
U.S. Library of Congress
Historically, environmental causes enjoyed bipartisan support but gains by NGOs and the emergence of climate change as a social issue have created a sharp political divide.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was often referred to as the Bureau of Livestock and Mining in the 19th century.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
What explains the anger behind the Malheur occupation in Oregon, and why does the BLM own so much land in the West?
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is part of a complicated history of land in the western US.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Like much federal land in the US West, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has a long history tied to Native Americans’ plight and conflicts between settlers and the federal government.