Our team is interdisciplinary and interinstitutional. The team includes scholars who write on issues related to the environment, natural resources management, land use, climate change, rural life, linguistics, and environmental history.

About the Project

This project aims to assess the narratives surrounding environmental issues,  grounding them in both historical and present-day context. Oftentimes environmental narratives are “lost” in one direction or the other—or co-opted by less-than-factual accounts—and their study can help us better communicate…

Have a Story to Share?

Do you have an environmental story to share? Send us your ideas and thoughts about the history or modern day discourse surrounding an important environmental issue, and we will look into it! 

Latest Articles

Dam Nation: the Stories Dams Tell About Energy Transitions of the Past – Part 1

Stories of environmentalism are tales of victories won, catastrophes avoided and things set right for all time. But further analysis often yields a more complex tale – such is the case with dams and past energy transitions

The (Complex) Truth About Fire, Forest Management, and Climate Change

Sure, forest management is part of the problem; but climate change is also to blame

Doubting Science – Let’s Differentiate Between Climate Change and Covid-19 Science

We must do a better job of communicating that climate science has a far more stable footing and longer history than the scientific study of a novel virus

Case Study Materials

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Recent News

Environmental narratives are constantly changing and shaped over time. Here is an aggregation of recent news stories shaping environmental narratives that we think may be of interest to our readers.

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Suggested Reading

Here are some readings we suggest on the subject (short at the moment, but will get longer!): For a thorough bibliography with hundreds of reads on Environmental History, see a list compiled by Mark Stoll here. Readings are categorized by subject…

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