The Age of Global Warming: A History (Paperback) by Darwall Rupert
Rachel Carson's epoch-creating Silent Spring marked the beginnings of the environmental movement in the 1960s its 'First Wave' peaking at the 1972 Stockholm Conference. The invention of sustainable development by Barbara Ward along with Rachel Carson the founder of the environmental movement created an alliance of convenience between First World environmentalism and a Third World set on rapid industrialization. The First Wave crashed in 1973 with the Yom Kippur War and decade-long energy crisis. Revived by a warming economy of the 1980s environmentalism found a new political champion in 1988: Margaret Thatcher. Four years later at the Rio Earth Summit politics settled the science. One hundred and ninety-two nations agreed that mankind was causing global warming and carbon dioxide emissions should be cut. Rio launched rounds of climate change meetings and summits with developing nations refusing to countenance any agreement restraining their greenhouse gas emissions - their blanket exemption from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol leading to its rejection by the United States that year refusing again twelve years later in Copenhagen. Despite proclaiming global warming a planetary emergency Barack Obama ignored the Europeans to reach a toothless accord with the leaders of the developing world. Copenhagen therefore marked not just the collapse of the climate change negotiations but something larger - an unprecedented humiliation for the West at the hands of the rising powers of the East.