Global warming research in 1856

Margaret DeLacy's picture

Friends:

According to the Public Domain Review, the first article on global warming appeared in 1856.  It was written by a woman who was an independent scholar and she was not allowed to present it in person.  It was soon completely forgotten.

Below is a link to the article

https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/first-paper-to-link-co2-and-global-warming-by-eunice-foote-1856/

Margaret

This article on independent scientist Eunice Foote comments that, "It was unlikely that an amateur American woman scientist living in the environs of Albany during the mid-nineteenth century would have connections overseas." While I am sure this is generally true, there is at least one example of an independent woman scientist who did have international connections just a couple of decades later.

I learned about Mary Treat from Barbara Kingsolver's recent novel, Unsheltered. She was a character in the book, but also a real naturalist and investigator who corresponded with Charles Darwin, and who made major contributions to botany and entomology. More information can be found here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Treat, and here, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/mary-treat.

She is definitely an inspirational though little-known woman and independent scholar.