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Harding’s brief history of global warming enlightenment

Stephen’s got an article in The Guardian tracing the basic–and surprisingly long–history of figuring out climate change.

The long road to enlightenment

Climate change may be a hot topic in 2007, but the debate has been going on for 200 years. Stephan Harding looks back at a life-or-death struggle for understanding Monday January 8, 2007 Guardian Unlimited Our understanding of climate change began with intense debates amongst 19th century scientists about whether northern Europe had been covered by ice thousands of years ago. In the 1820s Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier discovered that “greenhouse gasses” trap heat radiated from the Earth’s surface after it has absorbed energy from the sun. In 1859 John Tyndall suggested that ice ages were caused by a decrease in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide. In 1896 Svente Arrhenius showed that doubling the carbon dioxide content of the air would gradually raise global temperatures by 5-6C – a remarkably prescient result that was virtually ignored by scientists obsessed with explaining the ice ages. Article continues


Why Modern Wheat Is Making Us Sick

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A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

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Plants & Pests: Will Bonsall’s Advice on “Wee Beasties” in the Garden

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