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Making Climate History Anya Zilberstein Lecture
February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
Naturalists at the time observed rising ocean temperatures, sinking glaciers, and a disintegrating coastal ice shelf. Politicians, in turn, acted quickly on this information to reinvigorate Arctic exploration and the hunt for a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. Since then, modern scientists determined these were just fleeting phenomena, very different from the human-caused climate change we are witnessing today.
In this lecture, Anya Zilberstein will discuss the relationships between past and present climate science. Newer, more precise science is vital. But, she will argue, it cannot help us interpret the politics of climate science in the past or understand the significance of climate history for the highly charged debates of the present. By recognizing that the uses and misuses of climate science are hardly new, historians can help work against the presumption that the political problems of climate change are completely unique to our own time.