Environmental History

Let There Be Wind

From DIY experiments to giant offshore farms, the history of extracting electricity from air has been driven by individual innovation pursued against the headwinds of public scepticism.

On the Road Again

Electric cars seem to offer a solution to the problem of the internal combustion engine. But technological advances have other consequences. 

Securing Antarctica

A new treaty on the governance of Antarctica, signed in 1959, became a trailblazing model for the world. But the future of the ‘white continent’ remains contentious.

The Rise of the Flesh-Avoiders

Modern vegetarianism is concerned largely with issues of animal welfare but its roots are to be found in the early-modern desire to promote spirituality by curbing humanity’s excessive appetites. 

Through the Fog and Filthy Air

An erudite study of the environmental price paid by the growth of early modern London, which looks to be repeated in present-day Beijing.

Dust Bowl Blues

A photograph taken during the Great Depression prompts Roger Hudson to re-evaluate Roosevelt’s New Deal.

The Wesley Naturalist

Victorian Methodists, writes Stuart Andrews, carried on the keen interest in scientific subjects that had once been shown by John Wesley.