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Okay @katebcarp, and any other interested #envhist #envhum folks, back to this question. What are the most influential works on environmental history of the past 10ish years? So much to say. Let's start with two major caveats.
@katebcarp Major caveat #1: I haven't even *been* an environmental historian for ten years, let alone longer, so it's particularly hard for me to assess or see something like this. I haven't lived or experienced the trajectory of the field (in ways that others have).
@katebcarp I know this is what we're supposed to (be able to) do. And sure, I could (and can and will) say things, but I want to be honest up front about my limitations and where I'm coming from.
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There's a lot of controversy these days about the future of #nuclearenergy in a warming world. Often lost in the discussion: the perspective of historians who study the promise and peril of nuclear power in the past. Earlier this year, we edited a series on exactly that topic.
In our 1st article, I joined co-editors @Danny__Mac__ and @jburnford to give my take on the nuclear question. I argue that nuclear should have a modest role in power generation for some time, partly because the risks of #climatechange are just too high. historicalclimatology.com/blog/environme…
In our 2nd article, @nelangst articulates some of my thoughts better than I could. She explains the potential of new fission designs and gives a history of what happened to carbon emissions when old plants shut down. historicalclimatology.com/blog/closing-n…
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Today is #NationalDogDay! Lets examine what roles our 4-legged friends have played in #DisHist!
Artistic representations of dogs accompanying #blind singers, beggars etc from across the world suggests that they have often worked and lived alongside #disabled handlers..1/ The blind man wears patched clothing and seems to be a beggar: he is led by a skinny dog with its ribs showing. The blind man appears to be holding a stick to guide him as well.A medieval color illustration from the Book of Hours shows a blind man receives sight from Christ while his dog looks on.
In this #earlymodern illustration of the Dance of Death, Death cuts the rope that links the blind man and his dog: “I cut you off from your guide.”
The blind man responds, saying, “I cannot take a step without my dog (hund).”
#DisHist #NationalDogDay..2/ The engraved illustration shows Death on the left as a skeleton, confronting a man with a hat and cloak, who appears to be a blind and is led by a dog. Death is using scissors to cut the rope used to lead the dog.
For more on #DisHist and good doggos in medieval illustrations, read @drkmurch's blog here:

kristamurchison.com/medieval-guide…

...3/
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My amazing advisor, Alan C. Braddock, co-curated a massive exhibition, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment. We talked a bit about it, but I wanted to know more. Thankfully, he agreed to record this conversation with me for @edgeeffectsmag! #envhist #envhum

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We ended up talking for almost an hour and a half, which is no record for us, but might be for @edgeeffectsmag, even edited down to an hour and fifteen minutes. Nevertheless, there was still so much more for us to talk about. I also had so much to reflect on.
Only later did I realize that Twitter could be a resource here. Our interview was done and recorded. I couldn’t go back and phrase something better, or say that thing I thought of later, or ask that set of questions. But I can now.
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NJ is the forgotten birthplace of industrial #Teflon — where DuPont scaled PTFE manufacture during WWII from grams to pounds to the potential for tonnes. This precedent setting response is fitting, given this #envhist. A thread.

cc @northjersey @fastlerner @MariahCBlake #PFAS
Pictured below: DuPont’s Arlington Works (Kearny) formerly Arlington Co. — maker of nitrocellulose plastics — DuPont purchased after WWI to diversify, shift public image (Nye Commission the co. “merchants of death”) & use postwar nitrogen excesses (also used to make explosives.)
I corresponded with a woman who worked at DuPont’s Arlington Works (NJ) during WWII — she remembered the PTFE plant explosion in 1944 — and (w/ a local historian) helped me sketch the boundaries of the plant, & where the co. built the first PTFE/#Teflon pilot plant. @northjersey
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Back in 2008, in @Orion_Magazine, @ssteingraber1 reflected on the curious phenomenon of “environmental amnesia,” which she observed while giving lectures around the US on toxics & pollution. This is one of my favorite essays. A thread. #envhist

orionmagazine.org/article/enviro…
“I’ve noticed two opposing trends,” @ssteingraber1 writes in @Orion_Magazine. One is an 🔺 awareness of toxics & their env-health implications. But the other is that this knowledge pertains to products more than the hazards of production, esp legacy or relic pollution . #envhist
“The location of homes on former orchards (where arsenical pesticides were used) or near old toxic-dump sites (where drums of solvents were buried) — these matters seem blurrier and blurrier to the folks in my audiences.” @ssteingraber1 via @Orion_Magazine #envhist
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So, I wanted to comment on a major #envhist article that’s been making the rounds lately. It argues that the Spanish arrival in the Americas in 1492 set in motion a chain of events that cooled Earth’s climate. Here’s a BBC summary. 1/15 #twitterstorians bbc.com/news/science-e…
While journalists report as though the article makes an entirely new argument, its core concept actually dates back to 2003, when climatologist William Ruddiman first proposed it. The new article is really a comprehensive attempt to test an old idea. 2/15 link.springer.com/article/10.102…
Ruddiman suggested that when Old World epidemics killed millions in the New World, agricultural practices ceased across much of the Americas. Plant biomass increased, drawing CO2 out of the atmosphere and cooling the Earth during an already-cold period: the “Little Ice Age.” 3/15
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For those studying, tracking #PFAS pollution, what @j_g_allen has called the #foreverchemicals -- I wanted to offer some key resources about the relationship btwn the atom bomb and their early research & development w/ the Manhattan Project. An #envhist thread.

#PFOA #Teflon
2. In 1947, the Manhattan District wrote up the history of their fluorocarbon work in support of the K-25 gaseous diffusion plant at Oak Ridge: see Vol I Book VII, since declassified and w/ the US DoE. Appendix G explains the fluorocarbon and Teflon work:
osti.gov/includes/openn…
3. Joseph H. Simons, who's eponymous process, The Simons Process, was used by 3M to make #PFASs, did some of the original research on fluorocarbons that catalyzed the Manhattan Project's development work, tho' his process wasn't used in the bomb project). Here, in the @nytimes:
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Today I encountered my dissertation, or at least a part of it, in the wild, so to speak. I was on a tour @TheWadsworth of the traveling exhibition Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage, which begins with the museum's own Church painting, [Thomas] Hooker & Company Journeying...
through the Wilderness from Plymouth to Hartford, in 1636 (1846). The tour was a decent size; spouse, mother-in-law, and me were by far the youngest people; I think most people were local; the group was overwhelmingly white. Perhaps none of this matters, but I'm noting it.
The tour was meant to be interactive & questions and conversation were encouraged. Early on, still in front of the painting shown above, an older man (I think) asks: "Were American Indians (still?) in the area?" Remember, he's asking this in the context of Church's painting.
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Welcome to #twitterstorians101

This online workshop for #ozha2018 will be running throughout the day, if it doesn't interest you feel free to mute the hashtag. 😃
If it does, fit yourself into that lecture seat with the wobbly table thing that is just a bit too small, pull out your notebooks and let's begin.

#twitterstorians101
I'll begin by introducing myself; I'm one half of this workshop's facilitation after all.

My name is Will Scates Frances and I joined twitter in 2011. I am a PhD candidate at ANU, in my last year. I've written the equivalent of 62+ history theses on here.

#twitterstorians101
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- Tu sais comment on fait pour protéger une maison menacée par les inondations ?

- Ben...on la soulève.

À Hensies, les maisons de la cité des Sartis ont été relevée de 1m50 à 2m pour les préserver des inondations causées par les affaissements miniers en 1934. #envhist #mining
Les maisons soulevées dans les années 1930, ça avait l'air de vous intriguer, alors pourquoi qu'on fait et comment qu'on fait ?
La pratique de relever des bâtiments et des monuments est "commune" depuis la seconde moitié du 19e siècle. On relève, on abaisse des rues, des églises et des maisons selon les besoins.

Ici, un extrait d'un prospectus publicitaire des années 1930 de l'entreprise Lecharlier
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TIL The Lorax was inspired by the state of Lake Erie in the late 1960s.
Source: @danpatrickegan The Life and Death of the Great Lakes. books.wwnorton.com/books/the-deat… via @wwnorton #lorax
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