A hypertext history of how scientists
came to (partly) understand what people are doing to cause climate
This Web site created by Spencer
Weart supplements his much shorter book, which
tells the history of climate change research as a single connected
narrative. On this Web site you will find a fuller history (about
250,000 words). Or see what critics say about
the book and then order it from Harvard
University Press or Amazon.com.
Information on translations here.
If you want
a quick look at basic facts, or detailed current technical information,
you might do better using the links page.
For a five-minute opinion summary on the current situation see my
Basic navigation: On the right of each essay
are links to essays about other topics. Follow forward an arrow
to see how the events that you are reading about gave something
=> TO the other topic. Follow back an arrow
to track influence <= FROM the other topic. Double arrow
<=> shows MUTUAL interaction.
Click on a numbered note, e.g., (12) for references. Some notes, indicated thus: (12*) have additional text. In
the note, click on a reference to reach the bibliographyuse
your browser's Back button to return.
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Summary of the History of Climate Change Science SEARCH all
This is mounted on the Web site of the Center
for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics.
Discovery of Global Warming site created by Spencer
Weart with support from the American Institute of Physics, the
National Science Foundation and the Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation.
Copyright © 2003-2006 Spencer Weart and the American Institute of
Index terms: climate change, global warming,
greenhouse effect, temperature change, history, science, geophysics, meteorology,
computer models, aerosols, ice. Book cover photo by Frank Cezus ©