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The commons imaginary

I lately got here throughout what appears to me a extremely necessary article, John Wagner's "Water and the Commons Imaginary", printed in 2012 in Present Anthropology (together with a collection of responses by different social scientists of the commons, together with Elinor Ostrom, in what should have been one in all her final writings). The summary actually doesn't do justice to the article's central argument, so I'll carry some excerpts right here (citations omitted): The…

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The World Heritage Conference

The web site of the Institut Heritage Research has three opinions of the oddly titled (or translated) 40 Years World Heritage Conference: Popularizing the Safety of Cultural and Pure Heritage by Marie-Theres Albert and Birgitta Ringbeck (De Gruyter, 2015). Some excerpts from Klaus Hüfner’s overview: The Conference for the Safety of Cultural and Pure Heritage (World Heritage Conference) was adopted by the Normal Convention of UNESCO in November 1972, however solely got here into pressure in…

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Coverage symbolism and regulatory standardization

Toronto Terminals Railway Central Heating Plant, 1929 Working by way of my backlog, I not too long ago got here throughout Owen Temby’s 2015 article in Planning Views, “Coverage symbolism and air air pollution in Toronto and Ontario, 1963–1967”. The article has an attention-grabbing tackle the secular motion of environmental regulation from the native stage to larger ranges of presidency. The argument that trade had extra affect on the provincial stage than on the municipal stage is attention-grabbing…

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Dutch consuming water

David Zetland and Bene Colenbrander lately posted “The Evolution of the Dutch Consuming Water Sector”. The summary: Dutch consuming water firms (DWCs) have introduced extra water of higher high quality to extra individuals over the previous 160 years, however their institutional setting has modified with social priorities. We divide these modifications into 4 eras during which an preliminary resolution results in a brand new constraint that forces a change in priorities and thus DWC actions. The…

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Grassroots environmentalism

October’s Environmental Historical past carried a evaluation by Robert Gioielli of Cody Ferguson’s This Is Our Land: Grassroots Environmentalism within the Late Twentieth Century (Rutgers UP, 2015). Gioielli writes that the ebook’s case research of native environmental actions present the significance of the flowering of grassroots activism after the “regulatory reform revolution” of the 1970s when Americans had entry to new avenues of environmental protest by way of federal laws. Far-off from the massive centralized environmental teams in…

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LBJ’s environmental laws

A current problem of Federal Historical past has an article by Nancy Germano, “Negotiating for the Setting: LBJ’s Contributions to the Environmental Motion”. From the article: Environmental historian Martin V. Melosi refers back to the Johnson administration as “a transitional power within the evolution from old-style conservation to fashionable environmentalism.” This text presents proof in assist of Melosi’s assertion by displaying that the Johnson presidency, usually related to civil rights, the Battle on Poverty, and the…

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Ingesting water requirements

Yesterday’s This Day in Water Historical past had this quote from the AWWA’s Water High quality and Remedy (third ed., 1971) (most feedback eliminated): “On October 21, 1914, pursuant to the advice of the Surgeon Common of the Public Well being Service, the Treasury Division adopted the primary requirements for ingesting water equipped to the general public by any widespread service engaged in interstate commerce. These requirements specified the utmost permissible limits of bacteriological impurity, which can be…

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Historic evaluation in environmental legislation IV: What’s to be finished? – The commons, forest legislation, and police

On the finish of the earlier put up in this collection I argued that the historical past of environmental legislation stays in want of in depth work each in uncovering the authorized roots of up to date environmental legislation and in making the lateral connections between historic environmental legislation and different historic matters. I want to counsel that of those two dimensions—we would consider them as longitudinal and lateral—the primary order of enterprise must be longitudinal, deepening the…

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The Water Sources Analysis Act

The newest difficulty of Water Historical past has a couple of articles with authorized features on which I plan to put up. The primary is “Instituting water analysis: the Water Sources Analysis Act (1964) and the Idaho Water Sources Analysis Institute”, by Adam M. Sowards and Brynn M. Lacabanne. The summary: In 1964, Congress handed the Water Sources Analysis Act (WRRA) and created state analysis institutes to pursue sensible analysis for the nation’s rising water issues.…

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Environmentalism of the Wealthy

Public Books just lately ran a evaluation by Max Holleran of  Peter Dauvergne's Environmentalism of the Wealthy (MIT Press, 2016). Holleran writes that the e-book traces the shifting ways of mainstream environmentalism from the radicalism of the 1970s to the company partnerships of the 1990s, by which firms achieved incremental modifications via in-house consultations with teams just like the Sierra Membership. It particulars what number of inexperienced teams started as firebrand protectors of the earth, deeply…

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