In the first article, Dr. Degroot surveys the history of the website and network he cofounded, and introduces the team that will help him run both climate history initiatives.
In the second article, Professor Ruth Morgan contextualizes droughts in western Australia and the western United States, in light of the deep environmental history of both regions. "Water cultures" predicated on stable climates, Dr. Morgan argues, have run up against the long-term climatic variability of American and Australian wests.
In the third article, Dr. Tim Newfield, who will soon join us as a professor of environmental history, gives a history of the interdisciplinary scholarship surrounding the climatic cooling of the sixth century. Was the culprit a volcano, an asteroid, or something else? Dr. Newfield investigates.