Civil War-era U.S. Navy ships’ logs to be explored for climate data, maritime history

Read the full story from the University of Washington. A new grant will let a University of Washington-based project add a new fleet to its quest to learn more about past climate from the records of long-gone mariners. The UW is among the winners of the 2017 “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives” awards, announcedJan. 4 …

Rising Seas Could Submerge the Oldest English Settlement in the Americas

Read the full story in Live Science. Sea-level rise this century may threaten Jamestown in Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas; the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which launches all of NASA's human spaceflight missions; and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina, the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States, a new …

How the 1970s Created Recycling As We Know It

Read the full story in Scientific American. Before the advent of recycling programs, writes Sarah Goodyear for CityLab, “the vast majority of households sent 100 percent of their waste to landfills.” That’s not to say that previous generations didn’t recycle, but the curbside programs and bottle deposits (not to mention the circular arrow logo) associated with recycling today …

Linda Hall Library Fellowships 2018/19

The Linda Hall Library is excited to announce its 2018/19 fellowships. The Library awards diverse funding opportunities to pre- and post-doctoral scholars of exceptional promise in the history of science and related areas of science and technology studies. The Library offers scholars a setting for deep immersion in outstanding collections of primary and secondary sources …

What Filthy Old Birds Can Tell Us About Air Pollution

Read the full story at Gizmodo. By analyzing sooty birds housed in museum collections, scientists have been able to track patterns of US air pollution over the last 135 years. As the new study shows, air at the turn of the 20th century was even dirtier than we thought—a finding that will now be used to …

Vintage photos taken by the EPA reveal what America looked like before pollution was regulated

Read the full story in Business Insider. The Trump administration plans to kill the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's main initiative to fight climate change by lowering emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency's administrator, Scott Pruitt, said Monday. The Clean Power Plan aimed to help the US reach the goals set in the Paris climate agreement …