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| by Walter G. Moss

In an article titled “Are Historians Doing Enough to Address Climate Change?,” the author, Walter G. Moss, cited a 1998 book by Jim Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society. After citing the opinions of others on the dearth of historical writing on climate change, Moss writes, “Fleming’s words of 1998—’Since the mid-1980s, the dominant concern has been global warming from rising concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases’—[this] remains true today.”

However, Fleming replied in a comment: “I think we need to look beyond the American Historical Association for our sample of historians addressing climate change. I know that History of Science Society, the Society for the Social Study of Science, and the Society for the History of Technology, to name just three societies, have paid considerable attention to the subject. I, for one, have written three books and edited an issue of Osiris on ‘Klima’ since publishing my 1998 book. I have been engaged with IPCC (AR4 and AR5) and with the U.S. National Academies in study groups on climate intervention (2 vols. 2015). So dig deeper, and don’t accept anyone’s opinion without further reading.”
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