For a long time, discourse about climate change was principally about science, and required expert knowledge to assess.
Edited by Nigel Warburton
Starting in the 1820s, scientists were keen to find out more about the heat of the planet and the variables that would explain its warming and cooling.
The French mathematician Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) first hypothesised the effects of the Sun on the Earth’s atmosphere and by implication on its temperatures.
Limited by the…