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From the Margin to the Mainstream: A Brief History of Climate Change Research
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In this program, prominent researchers like Eric Barron, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Stephen Schneider, climatologist at Stanford University, take a look at the progression of climate research throughout history. The first steps toward civilization were taken during a dramatic upheaval in global temperature and weather patterns, and our evolving brains took note. But it wasn't until the development of a true scientific method and observation that the mysteries of the global climate began to present themselves. Since the 19th century, our understanding has grown, and only in the past 25 years have we begun to make great strides towards identifying our role in affecting future changes in global climate.

Credit: National Science Foundation