A hypertext history of how scientists came to (partly) understand
what people are doing to cause climate change.
This Website created by Spencer Weart
supplements his much shorter book, which
tells the history of climate change research as a single story.
On this Website you will find a more complete history in dozens
of essays on separate topics, occasionally updated.
If you want basic facts
about climate change, or detailed current technical information,
you might do better using the links
page. But if you want to use history to really understand
Second edition, revised
and updated (2008)
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.
About this site: top of page
| Contents/Site Map February 2014 version
Introduction and Summary of the history
SEARCH all the essays
This is mounted on the Website of the Center
for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics.
Discovery of Global Warming site created by Spencer
Weart with initial support from the American Institute of Physics, the
National Science Foundation and the Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation. The statements on this site represent
the views of the author and are not positions endorsed by the
American Institute of Physics. Two of the Institute's Member Societies
have taken positions on climate change; see the
American Physical Society's statement and the American
Geophysical Union's statement (pdf).
© 2003-2014 Spencer Weart and the American Institute of Physics.
Index terms: anthropogenic climate change,
history of global warming, greenhouse effect, temperature change geophysics
meteorology climatology, computer models,proof evidence research pollution aerosols Sun,\ solar atmosphere,\ carbon dioxide, CO2, history of science - Book cover
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