A new study in PLOS Pathogens warns of the dire consequences that loom for the worldwide banana economy due to the likely spread of the TR4 strain of Panama disease from plantations in Southeast Asia.
Environmental scientists from Columbia University and the University of Buffalo question the global extent of the Medieval Warm Period in a new study in Science Advances. Dating boulders left behind by retreating glaciers in Greenland, the researchers conclude that the glaciers reached their Little Ice Age maxima during the MWP. The lead author said, "If the Vikings traveled to Greenland when it was cool, it’s a stretch to say deteriorating climate drove them out."
AHA reports on transformations in field specializations among US history faculty over the last 4 decades. While the largest absolute differences reflect the cultural turn, environmental history faculty experienced the highest rate of growth: "The field with the largest proportional expansion was environmental history—from 0.2 percent of the listed faculty in 1975 to 2.7 percent today. That may still seem like a small number, but the share of departments employing an environmental historian grew from 4.3 percent in 1975 to 43 percent in 2015."
New Digital Archive: Readex offers a new collection of 200+ 19th-century American agricultural newspapers, including The California Farmer, The Florida Agriculturalist, and The Massachusetts Ploughman and New England Journal of Agriculture.
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