This is the 150th post in my series that explores the most-used words in the top stories shared among Environmental Historians and Environmental Humanities scholars on Twitter each week. 

Here are the top articles among environmental historians and humanities scholars this past week (January 6, 2020 – January 12, 2020):

Monday: “Smiley faces Haida style: totem carver rolls out emojis for the digital age” by Betsy Trumpener, CBC


Tuesday: Western Australia bushfires devastate the Stirling Ranges — one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots” by Tyne Logan and John Dobson, ABC News 


Wednesday: “In 1958 Mao Zedong ordered all the sparrows to be killed because they ate too much grain. This caused one of the worst environmental disasters in history” by Goran Blazeski, The Vintage News


Thursday: Experts say climate change is driving up the risk of wildfires in Canada” by Mia Rabson, CTV News


Friday: Historias polares” by Rodrigo Callejas Torres, ECOS


Saturday: China: When politics caused harm, Mao’s killing of Sparrows,” EcoDaily.org


Sunday: Science history: Rachel Carson and the book that changed the world” by Jeff Glorfeld, Cosmos

Top Words

1. said

2. million

3. que

4. sparrows

5. fires

6. China

7. fire

8. los

9. people

10. hectares

11. burned

Published by Jessica M. DeWitt

Dr. Jessica M. DeWitt is an environmental historian of Canada and the United States. She is passionate about the use of digital technologies to bridge the gap between the public and researchers. In addition to her community and professional work, she offers various editing and social media consultancy services.

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