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Our Biggest Experiment A History of the Climate Crisis

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By: Alice Bell(Author)
384 pages, no illustrations
Alice Bell's riveting book takes us back to science's earliest steps in foreseeing anthropogenic climate change.
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  • Our Biggest Experiment ISBN: 9781472974778 Hardback Jun 2021 In stock
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It was Eunice Newton Foote, an American scientist and women'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 helped to build our modern understanding of climate change. It also chronicles our energy system, from whale oil to kerosene and beyond – the first steamships, wind turbines, electric cars, oil tankers and fridges. Alice Bell takes us back to climate change science's earliest steps in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the advancing realisation that global warming was a significant problem in the 1950s and right up to today, where we have seen the growth of the environmental movement, climate scepticism and political responses like the UN climate talks.

As citizens of the twenty-first century, it can feel like history has dealt us a rather bad hand in 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. The message of Our Biggest Experiment is ultimately hopeful; harnessing the ingenuity and intelligence that has long driven the history of climate change research can mean a more sustainable and bearable future for humanity.

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Dr Alice Bell is a journalist and historian of science. She was a lecturer in science communication at Imperial College for several years, where she also developed an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on energy and climate change, working with scientists, engineers and medics across the college. From Imperial, she moved to the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, before shifting to freelance journalism. Alice was a key contributor to the International Council for Science's blog on climate policy in the run-up to the UN Paris talks and launched the innovative storytelling website How We Get to Next, as well as lecturing in digital journalism at City University. She set up the science-policy blog at the Guardian and has also written for The Times, New Scientist, New Humanist and Mosaic.

Popular Science New SPECIAL OFFER
By: Alice Bell(Author)
384 pages, no illustrations
Alice Bell's riveting book takes us back to science's earliest steps in foreseeing anthropogenic climate change.
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