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Authorized change and geography of the Nice Lakes-St. Lawrence system

The Canadian Geographer lately printed Jamie Benidickson’s “From boundary waters to watersheds: Authorized change and the geography of the Nice Lakes-St. Lawrence system” (due to Canadian Authorized Historical past weblog for noting it). The summary: It’s acceptable to acknowledge an evolving authorized and institutional perspective on the Nice Lakes-St. Lawrence system (GL-SL) as a way of furthering the understanding that’s offered from established cartographic, bio-geological, historic, and cultural views. This paper describes parts of that evolution from…

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Nature and anti-immigrant politics

With nice timing, the most recent Environmental Historical past has a assessment by Sterling Evans of John Hultgren’s Border Partitions Gone Inexperienced: Nature and Anti-immigrant Politics in America (U. Minnesota Press, 2015), reminding us that present occasions have historic (and environmental) roots. (I notice that it is scary how far the “racial logics” which can be “socially acceptable withing mainstream political discourse” (see beneath) have shifted between the guide’s publication two years in the past and the Trump…

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Surroundings, historical past, and the US Supreme Courtroom nomination

All historical past could also be modern historical past, however yesterday’s publish had current considerations entrance and heart. Persevering with the pattern, as we speak’s publish is impressed by the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Courtroom. Others have tried to divine how Gorsuch would rule on environmental points, however right here we’ll take a historic tack, trying again at some earlier posts coping with environmental points within the US Supreme Courtroom. A number…

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Home legislation as a substitute of worldwide agreements?

The newest problem of Water Worldwide revealed an article by Marco Verweij, "The outstanding restoration of the Rhine: plural rationalities in regional water politics". First, the summary: The restoration of the Rhine basin is extensively seen as an exemplary case of worldwide water safety. The river’s clean-up has been characterised by various puzzling developments. These embrace chemical firms decreasing their poisonous effluents by greater than legally required, and riparian governments quarrelling internationally over environmental measures that…

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Equal entry to justice or to obstruction?

As environmentalists deliberate the extent to which the courts can be utilized to stymie the anti-environmental agenda of the present American regime, the newest concern of Environmental Historical past has a e book evaluation by Steve Vanderheiden of Lowell Baier's Contained in the Equal Entry to Justice Act: Environmental Litigation and the Crippling Battle over America's Lands, Endangered Species, and Essential Habitats (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Baier's e book apparently makes a powerful argument, and Baier is…

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Race and public lands

A current concern of Atmosphere and Historical past has an article connecting problems with conservation and race, Harald Witt’s “Indigenous Timber and Forests: Contradictions, Battle and Conservation in Natal and Zululand (1900–1960)”. The summary: On the flip of the nineteenth century, it was estimated that nine-tenths of the recognized forests in Natal had been completely alienated from the Crown by way of their incorporation into non-public lands and Native Belief Lands. The entrenchment of the political energy…

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The conservative as environmentalist

Although conservatism is right now related to anti-environmentalism (a development with an fascinating historical past); see additionally right here and right here), a rising physique of labor is digging into conservative and non secular roots of American environmentalism. Final yr we famous Dan Farber’s submit on American conservatism and environmentalism at Authorized Planet; now comes the article: “The Conservative as Environmentalist: From Goldwater and the Early Reagan to the 21st Century” (due to Dan Ernst at…

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Forests and revolution in Mexico

After current discussions of forests and revolution in France, we now flip to an identical subject in Mexico. H-LatAm just lately posted Timothy Lorek's evaluate of Christopher Boyer's Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Neighborhood in Mexico (Duke UP, 2015). Some highlights: Boyer begins within the 1880s and follows the thirty-year reign of Porfirio Díaz and his embrace of international capital funding and scientific experience, exercised by the regime’s cadre of científicos. The speedy acceleration of land titling (the so-called…

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Forest legislation

from Livre de la Chasse Transferring from forests in Mexico to English forests, the most recent subject of the William & Mary Invoice of Rights Journal, devoted to Magna Carta, has a few articles on medieval forest legislation in England (because of Authorized Historical past Weblog for noting it). The primary is Ryan Rowberry's "Forest Eyre Justices within the Reign of Henry III (1216–1272)" (for the second, see right here). Rowberry notes that students have estimated that forest jurisdictions…

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Extra forest legislation

Following yesterday's put up on medieval forest legislation, at present's is on the opposite article from that William & Mary Invoice of Rights Journal particular problem, Sarah Harlan-Haughey's "Forest Regulation By the Trying Glass: Distortions of the Forest Constitution within the Outlaw Fiction of Late Medieval England". A style (footnotes omitted): The favored style of literary forest legislation parody was established rapidly after the Conquest, and functioned as a ready-made engine for the evolution of parody of…

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