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Celebrating Earth Day

Celebrated April 22nd, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. For this year’s theme and more information visit

In joining the celebration, Berghahn Books is pleased to offer a selection of our Open Access titles on Environmental Studies. Berghahn Journals is also offering full access to Nature and Culture and the back issues of our two open access journals, Environment and Society & Religion and Society, until May 6, 2022. See below for details.


The Anthroposcene of Weather and Climate: Ethnographic Contributions to the Climate Change Debate

Ethnographic Contributions to the Climate Change Debate

Edited by Paul Sillitoe
Afterword by David Shankland

While it is widely acknowledged that climate change is among the greatest global challenges of our times, it has local implications too.  This volume forefronts these local issues, giving anthropology a voice in this great debate, which is otherwise dominated by natural scientists and policy makers.  It shows what an ethnographic focus can offer in furthering our understanding of the lived realities of climate debates.


Cooling Down: Local Responses to Global Climate Change

Local Responses to Global Climate Change

Edited by Susanna M. Hoffman, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, and Paulo Mendes
Afterword by Hans Baer

“This is a remarkable read for three reasons. First, the breadth of topics addressed, second, the tacking back and forth from the micro to the macro perspective, and third, the particular attention paid in many of the chapters to concrete actions that could, if taken, help ameliorate the devastating consequences of climate change.” • Steve Kroll-Smith, University of North Carolina


Times of History, Times of Nature: Temporalization and the Limits of Modern Knowledge

Temporalization and the Limits of Modern Knowledge

Edited by Anders Ekström & Staffan Bergwik

As climate change becomes an increasingly important part of public discourse, the relationship between time in nature and history is changing. Nature can no longer be considered a slow and immobile background to human history, and the future can no longer be viewed as open and detached from the past. Times of History, Times of Nature engages with this historical shift in temporal sensibilities through a combination of detailed case studies and synthesizing efforts.


Indigenous Resurgence: Decolonialization and Movements for Environmental Justice

Decolonialization and Movements for Environmental Justice

Edited by Jaskiran Dhillon

By reminding us of the fundamental importance of placing Indigenous politics, histories, and ontologies at the center of our social movements, Indigenous Resurgence positions environmental justice within historical, social, political, and economic contexts, exploring the troubling relationship between colonial and environmental violence and reframing climate change and environmental degradation through an anticolonial lens.


Contextualizing Disaster

Edited by Gregory V. Button and Mark Schuller

Contextualizing Disaster makes a significant contribution to a better understanding of the social construction of disasters by contextualizing them in novel and diverse ways… The eight book chapters offer new and innovative analysis of recent disasters that to varying degrees are all translocal, and each chapter is carried by its own “narrative.”… The book is providing fresh impetus not only for disaster scholars but also for DRR institutions and media.” • Anthropos


Delta Life: Exploring Dynamic Environments where Rivers Meet the Sea

Exploring Dynamic Environments where Rivers Meet the Sea

Edited by Franz Krause and Mark Harris

“This volume does more than assemble ethnographic studies of delta inhabitants from around the world. It weaves their experience into a sustained reflection on life in a volatile world of islands, reedbeds, coasts and swamps, a world ever made, unmade and remade, as much by spirits as by people, and as much by states and markets as by the elements of air, earth and water.” • Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen


Of Related Interest

Embracing Landscape: Living with Reindeer and Hunting among Spirits in South Siberia

Living with Reindeer and Hunting among Spirits in South Siberia

Selcen Küçüküstel

Examining human-animal relations among the reindeer hunting and herding Dukha community in northern Mongolia, this book focuses on concepts such as domestication and wildness from an indigenous perspective. By looking into hunting rituals and herding techniques, the ethnography questions the dynamics between people, domesticated reindeer, and wild animals. 

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Engaging Environments in Tonga: Cultivating Beauty and Nurturing Relations in a Changing World

Cultivating Beauty and Nurturing Relations in a Changing World

Arne Aleksej Perminow

On March 11, 2011, a tsunami warning was issued for Tonga in Polynesia. On the low and small island of Kotu, people were unperturbed in the face of impending catastrophe. The book starts out from the puzzle of peoples’ responses and reactions to this warning as well as their attitudes to a gradual rise of sea level and questions why people seemed so unconcerned about this and the accompanying loss of land. The book is an ethnography of the relationship between people and their environment based on fieldwork over three decades.

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The Russian Cold: Histories of Ice, Frost, and Snow

Histories of Ice, Frost, and Snow

Edited by Julia Herzberg, Andreas Renner, and Ingrid Schierle

“This collection foregrounds one of Russia’s most distinctive natural features: the cold. Together the contributions advance comparative climate history in new directions by attending not only to place, period, and politics, but to an even more fundamental condition of the human experience.” • Andy Bruno, Northern Illinois University

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Constructing Risk: Disaster, Development, and the Built Environment

Disaster, Development, and the Built Environment

Stephen O. Bender

“The expertise and experience of the author stands out throughout this book, particularly in its focus on the built environment and disaster… Hopefully, the book will encourage new thinking among all those whose first pivot in planning and development, whether before or after a sudden-onset disaster, is to build more, bigger, and faster.” • Jane Henrici, Consulting Senior Researcher and Gender Advisor, World Bank-Haiti and Lecturer, George Washington University

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Hazardous Chemicals: Agents of Risk and Change, 1800-2000

Agents of Risk and Change, 1800-2000

Edited by Ernst Homburg and Elisabeth Vaupel

“Homburg and Vaupel provide an excellent review of the industrial development of eight chemical substances that have emerged as problematic agents to global public health and the environment since the dawn of the industrial revolution…the language here is non-technical, and each chapter provides extensive footnotes and references…Recommended” • Choice

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For a full selection of titles please visit our Environmental Studies subject webpage.

Of Related Interest From Berghahn Journals

Both Environment and Society and Regions and Cohesion are Open Access starting with Volume 12. Berghahn is offering full access to Nature and Culture and the back issues of our two open access journals until May 6, 2022. To access, use code EARTH22. View redemption instructions.

Featured Articles on Climate

A part of the Berghahn Open Anthro Collection!

Navigating Shifting Regimes of Ocean Governance: From UNCLOS to Sustainable Development Goal 14
Ana K. Spalding and Ricardo de Ycaza (Vol. 11)

Settler Colonialism, Ecology, and Environmental Injustice
Kyle Whyte (Vol. 9)

Now Open Access!

Quality political participation and the SDGs in African small island developing states
Suzanne Graham and Victoria Graham (Vol. 9, Issue 2)

Environmental governance in the EU-Latin American relationship
Roberto Dominguez (Vol. 5, Issue 3)

Scientist Warning on Why you Should Consume Less; Even if Wider Society Doesn’t
Peter M. Haswell (Vol. 16, Issue 3)

Narratives of Socioecological Transition: The Case of the Transition Network in Portugal
Vera Ferreira and António Carvalho (Vol. 16, Issue 2)

To view the full list of issues, please visit the website.

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