Savagery, civilization, and property V: Colonial growth and Neo-Malthusian conservationism

In the final publish on this collection we noticed how Enlightenment-era stadial thought was handed on to trendy commons idea by way of the aboriginal property rights debate amongst twentieth-century ecologists. At the moment I'll focus on what I imagine two extra strains of affect. (The total article is right …

Local weather science, historical past, and the legislation

Invoice Kovarik not too long ago posted at “Environmental historical past timeline” on a lawsuit towards Exxon-Mobil, elevating some attention-grabbing questions. Some highlights: The lawsuit relies partly on an investigation by the Heart for Worldwide Environmental Legislation which accused Exxon-Mobil Oil Corp. of working to dismiss local weather change science …

Savagery, civilization, and property IV: The aboriginal property rights debate

In the final publish on this sequence we noticed how trendy commons principle tracked most of the options of stadial principle. On this publish I start making an attempt to uncover the routes by which the early trendy principle reached trendy thinkers on property. The trendy commons theorists mentioned within …

Coal as a inexperienced gas

Earlier this yr Environmental Historical past revealed Germán Vergara’s “How Coal Stored My Valley Inexperienced: Forest Conservation, State Intervention, and the Transition to Fossil Fuels in Mexico”. Some excerpts: This text explores how state insurance policies and laws of successive Mexican governments within the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries sought …

Savagery, civilization, and property III: The commons theorists

Within the final submit on this sequence, we appeared on the approach early fashionable "stadial idea" linked between levels of civilization and property regimes. Now allow us to study a number of the classics of recent commons idea, noting the fondness of theorists for tales harking back to varied features of …

Operating water for the officers, rainwater for the poor

Venetian aqueduct in Crete The most recent subject of Water Historical past has an article by Yannis Spyropoulos, “Operating water for the officers, rainwater for the poor: symbolic use and management of water in early fashionable Ottoman Crete”. The summary: This paper offers with the difficulty of water administration on the island …

Savagery, civilization, and property II: Civilization and its discontents

(Half II of the collection, Half I is right here.) The second half of the eighteenth century noticed the event, primarily in Scotland (although with vital French and different precedents),  of what would come to be often known as “stadial concept” or “four-stages concept.” This group of theories constructed on …

Farber’s 1981 casebook

Dan Farber lately blogged at Authorized Planet on what has modified in environmental legislation because the first version of his casebook, printed in 1981: Some adjustments have been lower than anticipated. Given Reagan’s election, it appeared possible that we might see some main statutory modifications if not repeals. However that …

Why are California’s fires worse than these in Baja California?

California’s Camp Hearth, November 2018 Peter Reich not too long ago posted “What Occurred to Hispanic Pure Sources Regulation in California?”. The summary: Earlier than the US annexation of California in 1848, the area’s Spanish and Mexican governments supervised a geographically-adapted authorized system emphasizing communal water rights and public allocation …