Historical Perspectives on Climate Change
This intriguing volume provides a thorough examination of the historical roots of global climate change as a field of inquiry, from the Enlightenment to the late twentieth century. Based on primary and archival sources, the book is filled with interesting perspectives on what people have understood, experienced, and feared about the climate and its changes in the past. Chapters explore climate and culture in Enlightenment thought; climate debates in early America; the development of international networks of observation; the scientific transformation of climate discourse; and early contributions to understanding terrestrial temperature changes, infrared radiation, and the carbon dioxide theory of climate. But perhaps most important, this book shows what a study of the past has to offer the interdisciplinary investigation of current environmental problems.
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Climate and Culture in Enlightenment Thought
The Great Climate Debate in Colonial and Early America
Privileged Positions The Expansion of Observing Systems
Climate Discourse Transformed
Joseph Fouriers Theory of Terrestrial Temperatures
John Tyndall Svante Arrhenius and Early Research on Carbon Dioxide and Climate
T C Chamberlin and the Geological Agency of the Atmosphere
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