#298 | A Brief History of Climate Change
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For thousands of years, humans have had ideas about mankind's potential impact on the climate.

In this episode, we look at how these ideas have changed, the men and women who have contributed to them, and ask ourselves why it has taken so long to start paying attention.


  • Ancient ideas about mankind's impact on the climate
  • The North American "rain follows the plough" theory
  • Joseph Fourier & The Greenhouse Effect
  • Eunice Newton Foote's discovery about CO2
  • The theory that burning coal might be causing temperatures to rise
  • Svante Arrhenius & global heating
  • Guy Callendar, the amateur meteorologist
  • The fear of a return to the Ice Age
  • The Great Smog of 1952 in London
  • Charles David Keeling attributes human activity to climate change
  • Were rising CO2 levels good or bad?
  • The establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Modern climate change theories
  • The role of the oil & gas industry
  • Climate change deniers in US politics

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/history-climate-change


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