Aeon Magazine: Queen of Tides

Once a route to riches and empire, the sea is now lapping at the future of Venice and other great maritime cities: When I emerged for breakfast in my Venice hotel, a stylish establishment with fine furnishings and carpets, and a garden courtyard, there was a stench....

Review: Droughts, Floods & Cyclones

REVIEW: Don Garden, Droughts, Floods & Cyclones: El Niños that Shaped our Colonial Past, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2009, 414 pp., ISBN 978 1 921 509 38 4. CHRIS O’BRIEN1 Don Garden’s Droughts, Floods and Cyclones is an arresting read. As lucid...

Review: Nature and Power

REVIEW: Joachim Radkau, Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 407 pp., ISBN 9780521616737. EDWARD D. MELILLO1 If, as Donald Worster has suggested, ‘environmental history begins in the belly’, Joachim Radkau is among...