Historical perspectives on climate change

  title={Historical perspectives on climate change},
  author={James Rodger Fleming},
Introduction: Apprehending Climate Change 1. Climate and Culture in Enlightenment Thought 2. The Great Climate Debate in Colonial and Early America 3. Privileged Positions: The Expansion of Observing Systems 4. Climate Discourse Transformed 5. Joseph Fourier's Theory of Terrestrial Temperatures 6. John Tyndall and Svante Arrhenius 7. T.C. Chamberlin and the Geological Agency of the Atmosphere 8. The Climatic Determinism of Ellsworth Huntington 9. Global Warming? The Early Twentieth Century 10… 

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  • J. Fleming
  • Geography
    Geological Society, London, Special Publications
  • 1998
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  • P. Sabin
  • Political Science
    Environmental History
  • 2010
Historical thinking shapes climate and energy policy in the United States, yet few historians participate in these public debates. History guides policy choices, inspires proposals for action, and

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