Environmental History

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  • 28 Apr 2023
    Plunder for Profit by Elijah Doro
    Elijah Doro

    Plunder for Profit:  The ‘tobacco Mafia’ and the twenty first century new tobacco epidemic

    In March and April 2023, Al Jazeera’s investigative unit released a documentary series on gold smuggling, money laundering, corruption, and organised crime in Zimbabwe. The documentary implicated the Zimbabwean President, his family, the central bank, state diplomatic officials, customs officials and a ring of notorious smugglers and fraudsters in a multibillion-dollar transnational money laundering and […]

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  • 14 Mar 2023
    Richard C. Hoffmann

    Something’s fishy in medieval Europe

    If you cast your line in the right places medieval Europe is full of fish. “A surfeit of lampreys” reportedly killed England’s King Henry I in 1135, and Pope Martin IV (d1285) expired after consuming too many eels from Lake Trasimeno. Hildegard of Bingen (ca1098-1179) wrote about the biology, medical, and dietary qualities of each […]

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