06 novembre 2008

A brief history of climate change

As the UN climate summit in Copenhagen approaches, BBC News environment correspondent Richard Black traces key milestones, scientific discoveries, technical innovations and political action. 1712 - British ironmonger Thomas Newcomen invents the first widely used steam engine, paving the way for the Industrial Revolution and industrial scale use of coal. 1800 - world population reaches one billion. 1824 - French physicist Joseph Fourier describes the Earth's natural "greenhouse effect". He writes: "The... [Lire la suite]
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