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Monday, April 07, 2008

Climate Change

There are some who will argue about whether or not humans are the cause of global climate change, but I don't think there are any who will argue that climate change is not happening!

The Museum of Science in Boston has an exhibit, Double Exposure: Photographing Global Climate Change, that makes the signs of change painfully obvious:
Leading the Museum of Science was one way founding director Bradford Washburn shared his love of learning; his photographs were another. Beginning in the 1930s, Washburn shot over 8,000 black-and-white photos of mountains and glaciers as he suspended his aerial camera from planes and shot rolls of eight-inch film.

In viewing Washburn's photographs, environmental photojournalist and former Boston Globe reporter David Arnold wondered how global warming may have altered these icy landscapes. In 2005, he began retracing Washburn's steps and re-shooting these photographs from the same angles and vantage points the pioneering mountaineer had used decades earlier. Although Arnold captured the same terrain, the recent images are vastly different and provide powerful evidence of how our planet is changing.

To sign up to use the library's pass to the Museum of Science, click here.

If you don't want to travel to Boston, you can see the photos at the Double Exposure website. To hear an interview with reporter David Arnold, click here.

The following is a small sample of the items on climate change in our collection:

Cox, John D. Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future. [551.79 COX]

Dimming the Sun. [DVD 551.6 DIM]

Flannery, Tim F. The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. [363.73874 FLA]

Kunstler, James Howard. The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century. [303.4973 KUN]

Lynas, Mark. High Tide: The Truth about Our Climate Crisis. [363.736 LYN]

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