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Our biggest experiment : an epic history of the climate crisis

Author: Alice R Bell
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2021.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"It was Eunice Newton Foote, an American scientist and woman's rights campaigner living in Seneca Falls, New York, who first warned the world that an atmosphere heavy with carbon dioxide could send temperatures here on Earth soaring. This was back in 1856. At the time, no one paid much attention. Our Biggest Experiment tells Foote's story, along with stories of the many other scientists who came before and after  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bell, Alice R.
Our biggest experiment.
Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2021
(DLC) 2020053206
(OCoLC)1236092035
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alice R Bell
ISBN: 9781640094345 1640094342
OCLC Number: 1266907555
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 359 pages)
Contents: Introduction: Experiments --
A steam-powered greenhouse --
Discovering our hothouse Earth --
From whale to shale --
The weather watchers --
Electric avenues --
Tree huggers --
The rise, fall, and rise of big oil --
Big science --
A carousel of progress --
Growing concern --
Crisis point --
Already happening now --
Conclusion: End point?
Responsibility: Alice Bell.

Abstract:

"It was Eunice Newton Foote, an American scientist and woman's rights campaigner living in Seneca Falls, New York, who first warned the world that an atmosphere heavy with carbon dioxide could send temperatures here on Earth soaring. This was back in 1856. At the time, no one paid much attention. Our Biggest Experiment tells Foote's story, along with stories of the many other scientists who came before and after her, helping build our modern understanding of climate change. It also tells the story of our energy system, from whale oil to kerosene and beyond, the first steamships, wind turbines, electric cars, oil tankers and fridges. The story flows from the Enlightenment into World War Two and beyond, tracing the development of big science and our advancing realisation that global warming was a significant global problem, along with the growth of the environmental movement, climate scepticism and political systems like the UN climate talks. As citizens of the twenty-first century, it can feel like history's dealt us a rather bad hand with the climate crisis. In many ways, this is true. Our ancestors have left us an almighty mess. But they left us tools for survival too, and Our Biggest Experiment tells both sides of the story"--

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