Recognizing the Mother of Global Warming

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footeUniversity of California at Santa Barbara:

By all rights, Eunice Newton Foote should be a household name.

More than a century and a half ago, Foote was part of one of the most important scientific discoveries of our time: revealing the role of carbon dioxide in the earth’s greenhouse effect.

And yet relatively few people have heard of her.

Foote was the first person to demonstrate that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, and also the first person to suggest that an atmosphere containing high levels of carbon dioxide would lead to a warmer earth.


Her research findings, contained in the paper “Circumstances affecting the heat of the sun’s rays,” were presented at the August 23, 1856, annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Being female, however, Foote was not allowed to read her own paper. Instead, Professor Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian Institution spoke on…

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8 Responses to Recognizing the Mother of Global Warming

  1. Because it’s mother’s day? 😀

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  2. Green Gravity Hackers says:

    Really global warming is eating our earth day by day we humans need to fix it btw nice post

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  3. Eric Alagan says:

    Will not be the first time that people look at the messenger rather than the message.

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  4. Emma Cownie says:

    Wow – she could not read her own paper? At least she published using her own first name, Eunice, rather than that of her husband. It used to be the convention that married women would be addressed by their husbands first and second name e.g. the writer Mrs Henry Wood who wrote the Victorian best-seller East Lynne. I had to look up her first name, it was Ellen.

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