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In 1958, Charles David Keeling began measuring the concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. His project kicked off a half century of research that has expanded our knowledge of climate change. Despite more than 50 years of research, however, our global society has yet to find real solutions to the problem of global warming. Why?

In Behind the Curve, Joshua Howe attempts to answer this question. He explores the history of global warming from its roots as a scientific curiosity to its place at the center of international environmental politics. The audiobook follows the story of rising CO2 through a number of historical contexts, highlighting the relationships among scientists, environmentalists, and politicians as those relationships changed over time.

While we know much more about global warming than we did 50 years ago, CO2 continues to rise. In 1958, Keeling first measured CO2 at around 315 parts per million; by 2013, global CO2 had soared to 400 ppm. The problem is not getting better - it's getting worse. Behind the Curve offers a critical and levelheaded look at how we got here.

The book is published by University of Washington Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2014 University of Washington Press (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Howe’s strong insight into how individuals, institutions, and governments interact produces a fascinating...story." (Publisher’s Weekly)

"Fastidiously researched...Howe relates a multi-layered conflict that is leading us to a catastrophe of biblical proportions." (South China Morning Post

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  • 01-15-20

Informative and thoughtful

This thoughtful book provides a detailed history of the study of human-caused climate change and efforts to address it. Beginning with the politics of science stemming from the Cold War through the early 2000s.