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 WarmingUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
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 warmingUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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