Our Biggest Experiment by Alice Bell [7/10]

Alice Bell, a British writer and climate activist, has honored many of our ignored heroes in “Our Biggest Experiment: A History of the Climate Crisis.” From the early foundations of the industrial world, through the early scientific pioneers pointing out the hothouse implications of fossil fuel burning, through the halcyon decades of the fossil fuel industry during the last century, through the dedicated scientists alertly spying the early signs, through the brave scientists fronting vested interests in the 90s and into the 00s and 10s, emerging finally into today’s fraught crisis, the author is relentless, compendious, summative, and readable. Cutting through jargon, talking directly to the reader, Alice Bell has summed up what I thought could not be corralled. Our Biggest Experiment is a fine book and well worth reading.

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