Thoreau, Climate Scientist

12:06 minutes

The American philosopher Henry David Thoreau took meticulous notes on the passing of the seasons at his beloved Walden Pond. In his new book Walden Warming, biologist Richard Primack explains how his team used Thoreau’s 160-year-old observations to understand the local effects of climate change.

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Richard Primack

Richard Primack is author of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and a biology professor at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

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