Oh, 80s hair how we miss thee.
Or perhaps not.
What killed those voluminous ‘dos that marked an era? I’d like to think it was common sense and a cultural awakening to the hilarity of big hair. I also wonder, though, if the media’s coverage of the discovery of a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica had something to do with it. Though the science on the harmful nature of CFCs (commonly used as a propellant in applications like aerosol cans of hairspray) had been around for nearly 30 years, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the story of ozone depletion and the possibility of climate change was piped into homes across America.
Mark Maslin’s Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction is a fascinating look at the science behind the study climate change, the coming effects of a net increase in global temperatures, and possible solutions that could stave off the worst of those effects. Maslin is unapologetic in his support of the science that examines the human element as a primary contributor to rapid climate change since the Industrial Revolution, yet he does his best to appeal to readers who are still skeptical. Beyond unseasonable weather and higher fuel prices, Maslin warns of the dire consequences to the world’s least developed nations if climate change is not adequately addressed. Continue Reading…