This is the 165th 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 (April 20, 2020 – April 26, 2020):

Monday: “The bloody history of April 20: Mass murders, a ‘fake news’ war and environmental disaster” by Kyle Swenson, The Washington Post


Tuesday: Who’s Afraid of the Climate Crisis? Fear, Anxiety, Dread, and Pandemic Panic” by Jennifer Ladino, Edge Effects


Wednesday: “The Biggest Environmental Disaster in US History Never Really Ended” by Agnes Walton and Jana Lerner, Vice


Thursday: The culture of Earth Day” by Brett Milano, The Harvard Gazette


Friday: Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis” by Yvette Cabrera, Grist


Saturday: American petro-topia” by Rebecca Altman, Aeon


Sunday: Mao Zedong’s Sparrow Campaign Caused One of the Worst Environmental Disasters in History” by michpusa, Elite Readers

Top Words

1. April

2. environmental

3. plastics

4. can

5. fear

6. one

7. father

8. health

9. people

10. said

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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