200 years of climate science

Did you know that our understanding of the effect carbon dioxide has on atmospheric temperature started 200 years ago? I didn’t, at least not until the NY Times morning briefing made me aware of Eunice Foote’s contributions to the science. I had heard of Eunice Foote before, when I visited the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls this past summer (a great way to spend a morning/afternoon if you are in the area).

Rather than recap Foote’s contributions to science and the challenges she faced as a woman in science, I’ll send you over to this great summary of her work and trials.

Foote was not allowed to read her paper at the meeting because women “couldn’t participate in science”. How times have changed.

Science Writer Rachel Brazil wrote a piece about Foote in Chemistry World. Check it out.

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