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Water regulation in medieval Lombardy

“Diploma” of Frederick Barbarossa granting navigation rights to the monastery of San Carpoforo di Como (1159) I not too long ago got here throughout Acque della Lombardia Medievale, apparently the catalog for an exhibition held by the Biblioteca Ambrosiana di Milano in 2015. (In case you’re ever in Milan, do not miss the related Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.) The editors, Federico Gallo and Rita Pezzola, write: In response to Roman regulation, one defines each everlasting water-course as “publicum”…

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Environmental timelines

Some time again Environmental Historical past carried a evaluate by Daniel Simberloff of Ian Rotherham’s Eco-history: An Introduction to Biodiversity and Conservation (White Horse Press, 2014). Simberloff notes: The excessive level of Eco-history is a outstanding 42-page “Timeline,” detailing in linear trend 224 key factors within the historical past of British nature conservation from AD 1000 to 2000: legal guidelines particularly, but additionally extinctions, introductions, institution of nature reserves and environmental organizations. Rotherham concisely lists the…

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The commons imaginary

I not too long ago got here throughout what appears to me a extremely vital 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 among her final writings). The summary actually doesn't do justice to the article's central argument, so I'll convey some excerpts right here (citations…

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Animal welfare legislation in Scotland

Daniel James Carr just lately posted “The Historic Growth of Animal Welfare Legislation in Nineteenth Century Scotland”. The summary: This paper examines the event of animal welfare in Scotland. While the legislation developed in tandem with developments throughout nineteenth century Britain, the paper attracts consideration to the distinctive Scottish state of affairs. By analyzing the event from disparate frequent legislation protections to the statutory interventions of the nineteenth century the paper charts that growth, and…

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Digital Library VII: The Legal guidelines Referring to Salmon Fisheries in Nice Britain (1866)

This week’s addition to the digital library of historic environmental regulation is Thomas Baker’s The Legal guidelines Referring to Salmon Fisheries in Nice Britain, printed in London by Horace Cox in 1866. Baker, the title web page tells us, was a barrister of the Interior Temple and the Salmon Fisheries Workplace, and in addition the writer of works on public well being regulation. Within the preface to the work Baker defined the necessity for a piece…

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Grotius and Kant on authentic neighborhood of products and property

The newest challenge of Grotiana (famous by Authorized Historical past Weblog) has an article by Sylvie Loriaux, “Grotius and Kant on Authentic Group of Items and Property”. The summary: Immanuel Kant This paper is within the crucial potential of the concept of authentic frequent possession of the Earth. On the idea of a comparative evaluation of Hugo Grotius and Immanuel Kant, it exhibits how completely different the that means of this concept might be inside a…

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Colorado water legislation but once more

Colorado water legislation continues to spur scholarship. The current subject of Environmental Historical past has a overview by Michael Weeks of  Robert Crifasi's A Land Constructed from Water: Appropriation and the Evolution of Colorado’s Panorama, Ditches, and Water Establishments (College Press of Colorado, 2015). From the overview: Whereas the e book presents no definitive argument, Crifasi is skeptical of claims that water administration within the West has been synonymous with concentrated energy. Relatively, his typically meandering narrative means…

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The Chilly Struggle context of "threat"

The Journal of Coverage Historical past not too long ago printed Linda Nash’s “From Security to Threat: The Chilly Struggle Contexts of American Environmental Coverage”. From the introduction (notes omitted): The late twentieth century marked the rise of “threat society,” to make use of Ulrich Beck’s well-known time period. In Beck’s account, the seemingly infinite proliferation of fabric dangers to well being and environmental integrity is the result of late capitalist modernization, a proliferation that society’s…

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Property in water and concrete water provide

"New" Jersey Metropolis reservoir, c. 1880 Yesterday's This Day in Water Historical past posted an fascinating story on a 1919 positive handed all the way down to Jersey Metropolis for utilizing an excessive amount of water, however each the unique report and the commentary replicate some misunderstandings. The weblog quotes an editorial on "Public Management of Water" from the Municipal Journal of June 14, 1919: Water corporations and departments have appealed to shoppers once in…

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Irrigation rights in medieval Islam

Barada River in Damascus Yehoshua Frenkel, a professor at College of Haifa and member of our native environmental historical past discussion board, not too long ago pointed me to a 2011 chapter by Boaz Shoshan on water regulation, “Mini-Dramas by the Water: On Irrigation Rights and Disputes in Fifteenth-Century Damsacus”. The summary: Other than discussions of issues of irrigation in authorized works, medieval sources present us with little info on the human dynamics and social…

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