MUSIC THEME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4flAZEgtjs
How to talk about fiction that engages with global warming? This is difficult — thinking about global warming -- in terms of classifying novels and movies into genres or subgenres of any kind. Let the stories stand for themselves. No genre labels are needed. While I understand that some labels may work well for others, and that classifications can help us, I feel it is best for now to produce novels and movies with no labels at all. Just the story. Just the novel. Just the movie. We don't need genre jungles to clutter things up now. What we need today is clarity, clairvoyance, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Starting in the late 1930s, Guy Stewart Callendar, a British engineer and amateur meteorologist, stirred the field by calculating that rising carbon dioxide levels were already warming the climate. Check out his 1938 paper on the subject: “The Artificial Production of Carbon Dioxide and Its Influence on Temperature.”
By 1956, The New York Times was writing on combustion-driven global warming.
But when did news coverage begin?
The earliest (and most concise!) article I’ve seen was published on Aug. 14, 1912, in a couple of New Zealand newspapers, the Rodney and Otamatea Times and Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette: Read more…