California

Latitude: 
37.25
Longitude: 
-119.75
Region Related Areas: 
North America, United States
GeoNames ID: 
5 332 921

"Mountains, Monuments, and other Matter: Environmental Affects at Manzanar"

Investigating the natural landscapes and built structures at the Manzanar National Historic Site, the first of ten incarceration camps to open in 1941 and a temporary home for over 11,000 Japanese Americans, Jennifer K. Ladino
develops the notion of affective agency to describe the impacts generated by environments and objects there.

More Than Honey

This film focuses on the causes of the decimation of honey bees and their hives around the globe, a phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder,” and its consequences for not only the economy but for humans’ very survival.

Pollution on the New River between the United States and Mexico

New River (Spanish: Río Nuevo), which flows between Calexico, US, and Mexicali, Mexico, is known as the most polluted waterway in North America; the pollution is responsible for a number of health, environmental, and political problems.

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"The Desert and the Garden: Climate as Attractor and Obstacle in the Settlement History of the Western United States"

This article examines climate and perceptions of climate as factors in the migration and settlement history of the western United States. It focuses on two regions of great interest in the nineteenth century: The so-called Great American Desert in the western Great Plains and the Mexican state of Alta California, which after 1848 became the US state of California.

"Apples and Experts: Evolving Notions of Sustainable Agriculture"

Using the Central Coast of California as a case study, this article argues that a nexus of ambitious growers and a growing state agricultural bureaucracy worked to create a “brand name” and teach cultivation approaches with increased production and expanded markets. But these same actors also made efforts to keep the long-term health of the industry and the community in mind.

Earth First’s Fight to Save the Redwoods

In 1990, Earth First! and the International Workers of the World initiated Redwood Summer in northern California to fight for old-growth redwood trees slated for logging and for timber jobs.

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Unruly Paradise—Nature and Culture in Malibu, California

Looking at nature and culture in Malibu, California, this paper looks at how natural processes occurring in rapid succession—over months and years—have been subject to efforts to turn the area into a tame and orderly garden as part of a linear understanding of progress, closely linked to civility and the cultivation of nature.