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Archaeological evidence demonstrates that prehistoric human activities caused significant environmental alteration in many parts of the region…

G. P. Marsh wrote his monumental Man and Nature (1864) almost entirely in Italy, where he drew heavily from Italian insights and Italian landscapes.

A smoke prevention committee supervised the work of two specialist inspectors and maintained detailed minutes. These show how councillors decided that ‘black smoke’ was preventable.

This article assesses the data on snow and snow-cover contained in the Diarium or diary of Martinus Crusius (1526–1607), one of the 16th century’s German humanists. This data is compared with the relevant 20th century meteorological data.

The essay outlines and criticises three prominent features of current environmental history writing: the idea of history as negative progress, the rhetoric of ‘on the one hand’ - ‘on the other hand,’ and the use of the term ‘capitalism.’

Without doubt the transformative moment came in the mid-nineteenth century, when the various German states began shifting from wood to coal as a fuel source to feed the new steam engines coming from Great Britain…

After some years of absence, I found myself again active in the Australian conservation movement. A forest was to be razed, not far from where this is being written, for a relatively small yield of saw-planks…

As the south coast of New South Wales moved from relative isolation and a declining pastoral economy to being an area of rapid growth, it also become the site for a range of national environmental and indigenous rights controversies…

This paper examines age as a parameter in colonial and recent science. It then recounts attempts to impose an ordered progression of age classes on the forests of Victoria and Queensland according to the classical principles of forestry transmuted through an imperial model.

Ringbarking, as a means of destroying trees, was known and practised from the earliest years of British settlement in New South Wales…