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Greystone Books, 2009 - Nature - 305 pages
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For historian Gale Christianson, the emergence of global warming is one of the most compelling stories in the history of humankind, made all the richer for having been a slowly developing phenomenon. In his brilliantly constructed book Greenhouse, Christianson blends the research of a scholar with a novelist’s storytelling skill, offering an invaluable perspective on what may be the most remarkable change in nature since the retreat of the glaciers some 10,000 years ago. Like a train coming at you from a distance, global warming is first a faint, echo-ing whistle, then a puff of smoke, and ulti-mately, with a rush, an unavoidable reality. Finding the clues to global warming both deep in the past and right before our eyes, Christianson introduces a memorable and unlikely cast of characters and events. From the demise of the Anasazi in the American Southwest and the Vikings in Greenland, which unveil the close connection between global warming and cooling, to the politics behind the 1997 Kyoto Conference on the Environment, Christianson delves deep into the connection between human beings and the planet.

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GREENHOUSE: The 200-Year Story of Global Warming

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At least half this book is fascinating history of technology—the birth and growth of the Industrial Revolution; the second half describes what that portends in terms of global warming. Christianson ... Read full review

Greenhouse: the 200-year story of global warming

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Science historian Christianson (Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae, LJ 8/95) skillfully chronicles the scientific idea of global warming, drawing on documents that date back more than two centuries ... Read full review

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Gale E. Christianson is Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences and teaches history at Indiana State University. He is the author of several books, including Edwin Hubble: Manner of the Nebulae and In the Presence of the Creator: Isaac Newton and His Times. A winner of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Christianson teaches a variety of courses on several subjects, including science and society and world civi-lization. He lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.

David Suzuki is an acclaimed geneticist and environmentalist, the host of The Nature of Things on CBC Television, and the founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation . He is the author of more than forty books, including Good News for a Change, From Naked Ape to Superspecies, The Sacred Balance, and Tree. He is the recipient of Unesco’s Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environmental Medal, the UNEP’s Global 500 award, and has been named a Companion of the Order of Canada. In addition, he holds eighteen honorary degrees and he has been adopted into three First Nations clans. Suzuki lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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