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2012 March 14. Scientists use Thoreau's journal notes to track climate change

posted Mar 21, 2012, 10:49 AM by Fiona Potter   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 2:29 PM ]
|  By Alison Flood, The Guardian.  An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8.  Excerpt:  Fittingly for a man seen as the first environmentalist, Henry David Thoreau, who described his isolated life in 1840s Massachusetts in the classic of American literature Walden, is now helping scientists pin down the impacts of climate change….
…He meticulously observed the first flowering dates for over 500 species of wildflowers in Concord, Massachusetts, between 1851 and 1858, recording them in a set of tables. When Richard Primack, a biology professor at Boston University, and fellow researcher Abraham Miller-Rushing discovered Thoreau's unpublished records, they immediately realised how useful they would be for pinning down the impact of the changing climate over the last century and a half…. Read the full article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/14/henry-david-thoreau-climate-change?newsfeed=true