Podcast: Mountains, bears and conservation in Japan and New Zealand

5 07 2010

So far this site’s content has been pretty heavy on the Coast Range, the mountains that I study and call home. At least for the next few months, my focus on the thesis-writing process will keep me from producing much original content about mountains elsewhere in the world.

In the meantime, for variety’s sake I will be posting the occasional link to content about other regions, such as last week’s BBC news story about the High Atlas. Today we move to the far east and two mountain nations with coastal environments that somewhat resemble the Pacific Northwest, but with vastly different cultural trajectories–Japan and New Zealand.

Since 2006 U.K.-based environmental historian Jan Oosthoek has been producing the “Exploring Environmental History” podcast for his website EH-Resources.org. His most recent broadcast featured New Zealand-based environmental historian and blogger Catherine Knight, who discussed the relationship between conservation and culture in the mountains of the two Pacific Island nations. As a bonus, Oosthoek’s previous podcast discussed volcanoes in European history. This was an especially timely subject as it was produced in the aftermath of the April eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland which caused air-traffic chaos across Europe.

All of Dr. Oosthoek’s podcasts can be downloaded through his website or ITunes, and both his and Dr. Knight’s websites have been added to the BLOGROLL list, at the right-hand side of the page.

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