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About ProfBell

Wilson T. Bell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and European history at Dickinson College. Email: "bellwi (at) dickinson.edu".

New blog for 2012

After some deliberation about whether or not to add to this blog, or create a new one, I’ve decided to create a new blog for this year’s “Communism and the Environment” class. Please see http://blogs.dickinson.edu/hist315-enst3… for the new blog. Thank you … Continue reading

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Last Blog Post (this year)

As the instructor of the course, this will be my last post. The course is long over, and I haven’t been able to keep up with posts over the summer, but I thought it would be nice to bring the … Continue reading

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Urban agriculture in Toronto

Not sure if I will keep posting, now that the course is over. But, well, I may. Most of the students and I really enjoyed the blog aspect of the course. It has been a great way to carry the … Continue reading

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More great links!

A few more fascinating stories related to some of the themes of the course: Tom Philpott is back again on Grist, reporting on a study for the journal Science that argues that factory farming really is not the best way … Continue reading

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Green Capitalism

We’ve been talking for a couple of weeks, now, about whether or not capitalism can be green, or if there are alternatives that might, at the very least, be greener. So, I thought you might find this article/post by Tom … Continue reading

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Technology, energy and the environment

No, this isn’t about the Royal Wedding. A fascinating article in the Toronto Star discusses wind turbines, bats, and the environmental impact. Apparently, wind turbines kill large numbers of bats each year, which has a negative environmental impact, as bats … Continue reading

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Chernobyl – 25 years later

I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said, but just wanted to point to The Guardian, which has a series of articles related to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, including a great photo essay of photographer … Continue reading

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Earth Day: Links

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would post some links to interesting articles about the environment that appear today. Happy Earth Day! Melanne Verveer, ambassador at large for women’s issues at the US State Department, writes about women … Continue reading

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East Germany and the Environment

There’s a very interesting story by David Roberts in Grist, today, titled, “Underground Environmentalism in Communist East Germany,” which I encourage you to check out. Although Roberts states that he probably shouldn’t draw any “grand conclusions” from what went on … Continue reading

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Fracking, oh my!

In light of an earlier post on hydraulic fracking: A well has just blown near the surface in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, causing the fracking fluid to pour out in huge quantities, covering fields and so on. Tweet This Post

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