"Behind the Curve: History, Science and the Politics of Global Warming"
September 29, 2014 at 7pm
In 1958, Charles David Keeling began measuring the concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. His project kicked off a half century of research that has expanded our knowledge of climate change immeasurably. Nevertheless, global society has yet to find the real solutions to the problem of global warming. Reed College professor of History and Environmental Studies Joshua P. Howe shows how exploring the history of global warming fom its roots as a scientific curiosity to its place at the center of modern environmentalism can help us to understand what has gone wrong in the national and international politics of global warming and how Oregonians have begun to buck this trend to do things right.