Episode 25 – The Anthropocene and the Mother of Climate Science

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This week we’re thinking about the ways we frame history and how understanding the past can help us pave an equitable & inclusive path forward. Olivia breaks down the Anthropocene, the suggested name for the new human-centered epoch. If we accept that we’re in a new time period, when did it start, and why does it matter? Then Elise dives into the story of 19th century scientist Eunice Newton Foote, whose long-ignored work is now seen as fundamental to climate science. We also talk about the climate re-imaginings of Disney World, creating space for others, and feminist science.

Story #1: The Anthropocene (Olivia)
Photo from Desi Speaks.

Ahmed, Nafeez Mosaddeq. A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization And how to save it. Pluto Press, 2010.
Angus, Ian. Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System. Monthly Review Press, 2016.
Bonneuil, Christophe and Jean-Bapiste Fressoz. “Chapter 10: Capitalocene: a Combined History of Earth System and World-Systems.” The Shock of the Anthropocene: the Earth, History, and Us, Verso, 2016.
Davis, Heather, and Zoe Todd. “On the Importance of a Date, or Decolonizing the Anthropocene.” ACME an International Journal for Critical Geographies, 2017, pp. 761–780.
Fernando, Jude. “The Virocene Epoch: the vulnerability nexus of viruses, capitalism and racism.”
Folke, Carl et al. “Our Future in the Anthropocene Biosphere: Global sustainability and resilient communities.” Discussion paper for the first Nobel Prize Summit – Our Planet, Our Future, 2020.

My sources this week were all academic since my story came from a paper I wrote early in the semester for a graduate course on climate change–I apologize for the fact that that makes them less accessible, and perhaps it might be worth a greater conversation about accessibility and gatekeeping in academia.

I was able to find my favorite article, Decolonizing the Anthropocene by Heather Davis and Zoe Todd, online & free. I’ve linked it above.

This is just one visualization of the Great Acceleration – I highly recommend looking up more because I found it to be an emotional experience:

This is one visualization of the Great Acceleration. Via Stanford’s MAHB, adapted from New Scientist.
Story #2: Eunice Newton Foote (Elise)
Eunice Newton Foote had too much going on to take photos! This image is likely of her, but could potentially be of her daughter, Mary.

Meet the woman who first identified the greenhouse effect, Climate Change News, Feb 2016
Meet Eunice Foote, The Mother Of Climate Science Whose Work Was Ignored Because Of Her Sex, All That’s Interesting, Mar 2020
Eunice Foote, John Tyndall and a question of priority, Royal Society Publishing, Feb 2019
Eunice Foote: the mother of climate change, Chemistry World, April 2020

If you want to see what Eunice Newton Foote’s experiment looked like and how you can replicate the experiment at home, check out this Questacon video!

A look at Eunice Newton Foote’s ‘Circumstances affecting the heat of the Sun’s rays’ as it was originally published:

The Dump

This week we’re all about other podcasts:
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
American Hysteria – Disneyfication episode
The Crisis by VICE in English and Spanish (and if climate true crime is your cup of tea, don’t forget about Amy Westervelt’s Drilled!)

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World Is Burning Presents: Bottle Episode – Daiquiris and Digressions with Nick Dolan World Is Burning

With Olivia finishing up her grad program and BOTH of us having gotten covid in the last few weeks, we didn't want to throw together an episode! Quality over quantity right? But, we figured you might enjoy Elise's new podcast Bottle Episode: The Professional Bartender's Guide For The Cocktail Enthusiast that she's making with her husband Lan. This is definitely a change of pace from our usual content, but kick back, relax, and learn the history of and how to make one of Elise's favorite classic cocktails, the Daiquiri! On this episode, Lan and Elise chat with Nick Dolan, their dear friend and incredible bartender based in Nashville, TN. He's lent his talents to the NoMad in NYC, the Fox Bar and Cocktail Club, Skull's Rainbow Room, and Nightscape in Nashville, TN. There's no better person to talk Daiquiris with than this kind, brilliant soul. Plus, they talk a little bit about Fox's sustainability practices! Don't forget to give Bottle Episode a follow if you enjoyed listening! — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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