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A brief history of the climate crisis

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Did you know the link between carbon dioxide and global warming was first suggested in the 1850s? That Congress was first briefed on the issue in the 1950s? Join Alice Bell, author of Can We Save the Planet? (2020) and Our Biggest Experiment: a history of the climate crisis (2021), on a trip through the early history of our understanding of climate change.   


Dr Alice Bell

Dr Alice Bell heads up climate policy at the Wellcome Trust. Previously, she co-ran the climate action charity Possible, and worked as an academic and as a freelance writer and editor, specialising in the politics of science, technology and the environment. Alice was a lecturer in science communication at Imperial College, where she launched a college-wide interdisciplinary course on climate change and worked on the 2010 review of BBC science coverage. She’s also worked at Sussex’s Science Policy Research Unit, City Journalism School and the Science Museum and has written for a host of publications including the Times, Observer, Guardian, New Humanist and Mosaic. Alice is the author of Can We Save the Planet? (Thames and Hudson, 2020) and Our Biggest Experiment: a history of the climate crisis (Bloomsbury, 2021), which was shortlisted for the 2022 Wainwright Prize for writing on global conservation.

Alice Bell

This event has been organised in partnership with the Raphael Samuel History Centre.


Free and open to all, online and in person. No registration required. A recording of this session will be available after the event on this page.