Al Gore and Strangers talk Environment in 1992

June 2, 1992 – Environment Justice Act and Rio Earth Summit Sen. Gore, member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, discussed the environment as a political issue, including legislation he advocates to protect the environment, and the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development which begins June 3 in Brazil. Sen. Gore,…

Roger Revelle’s 1980 Discussion of CO2 and Climate Risks

Roger Revelle, is a pioneering researcher in the study of the human influence on the atmosphere, carbon cycle and climate https://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/roger-revelles-1980-discussion-of-co2-and-climate-risks In 1980, then director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Revelle gave the talk “The Role of the Oceans in Earth’s Climate and Carbon Budget” at Lawrence Livermore National Labs. He gives a great overview…

Carl Sagan, Al Gore in 1985 +2m SLR +5°C by 2100 Manabe, MacDonald, Cicerone

December 10, 1985 – A group of senators and scientists today called for national and international action to avert a predicted warming of the earth’s climate resulting from a buildup of carbon dioxide and other man-made gases in the atmosphere. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/11/us/action-is-urged-to-avert-global-climate-shift.html David Durenberger https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Durenberger Al Gore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Gore Gordon J. MacDonald https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_J._F._MacDonald MacDonald was among the…

Earthwatch a historic disaster documentary

Extreme weather events and other disasters, and what to do were discussed in the late 50s and 70s, including the consideration of climate change (1958), or more broadly pollution (1972). This short presents a compilation of historic disaster documentary style film footage. Climate Change 1958: The Bell Telephone Science Hour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-AXBbuDxRY Your Chance to Live:…

How the U.S. and Russia teamed up on Climate Change

After the Cold War, climate change was the driving force behind unusual political cooperation between secret services in the United States and in Russia. This documentary tells of unknown research projects, but also of surprising friendships.  The amazing and unknown story of how American secret services partnered with their erstwhile Russian adversary, Russia’s main military…

The Sciences of the Anthropocene explained

In this opening lecture of the Environmental Change Institute’s MSc in Environmental Change and Management, Professor Yadvinder Malhi discusses the emerging concept of the Anthropocene. In his lecture he explores the history of the concept, how it is used in disciplines ranging from the Earth system sciences, geology, ecology, social sciences and in the wider…

Thomas Chamberlin’s Call for Climate Action from 1899

“It now becomes necessary to assign agencies capable of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” – Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin (1899) “A study of the life of the geological periods seems to indicate that there were very notable fluctuations in the total mass of living matter. To be sure there was a reciprocal relation between the…