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Britain’s industrial pioneers couldn’t have known how they would affect the climate. Henry Gastineau

The Industrial Revolution kick-started global warming much earlier than we realised

The first signs that humans were warming the climate appeared much earlier in the northern hemisphere - way back in the 1830s. But now the trend is emerging all over the globe.
The revolution of the past three decades has not been kind to the people who have experienced the destruction of their industries, jobs and communities. AAP/Jessica Evans

The unmaking of the Australian working class – and their right to resist

Something similar to E.P. Thompson’s story of England in the first three decades of the 1800s has happened in Australia between the mid-1980s and today.
For millennia, humans have had the tools to change the atmosphere: when will we develop a sense of caution? AK Rockefeller/Flickr

Human global domination began with fire, not factories or farms

The era in which humans have had the power to alter the conditions for all life on Earth is widely thought to have begun with the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago. This era has been dubbed the “Anthropocene…
China’s industrialisation has followed the same path, but the rules of the game have changed. Jonathan Kos-Read

China’s industrial revolution is happening on a new planet

What can two periods of industrialisation nearly two centuries apart tell us about how economies change and the demands their change place on the planet? Today, China leads the wave of emerging economies…
Public money can put on a show about the Industrial Revolution, but it can’t start one. Jon Smith

Trust the markets to fund science

There are times when only clichés work. There is a 400-year-old elephant in the science lab and the emperor, frankly, has no clothes. It was in 1605 that Francis Bacon, a British politician and lawyer…

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