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The way the environment has been shaped and exploited is now a major field of historical study. A conference in London this month gathers leading experts in the field, writes Miles Taylor.

It is hard to avoid environmental issues these days. With the ash from Eyjafjallajökull lingering unpredictably in European airspace and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico set to run up the largest cleaning bill in history, we face daily reminders of a planet in peril. Slowly but surely governments are going green.

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