If only 19th-century America had listened to a woman scientist
Eunice Foote made the first climate change discovery in the US in the 19th century. Her paper “Circumstances Affecting the Heat of the Sun’s Rays”, first published in 1856, shed light on the way CO2 emissions fundamentally drive climate change. Her findings even preceded those of Irish physicist John Tyndall in 1859, in what was described as a "lost piece of scientific history recovered only in 2011." In this piece for Nautilus, author Sidney Perkowitz ponders where the US might have been in the fight against global warming today, if it hadn't dismissed Foote's discovery on the basis of her gender. This story was originally published in Nautilus in November 2019.