American marine biologist and writer Rachel Carson publishes the New York Times bestseller The Sea Around Us, including observations about pronounced warming in the Arctic regions of the Earth
In a chapter in The Sea Around Us entitled “The Global Thermostat,” Rachel Carson observes, “Now in our lifetime we are witnessing a startling alteration of climate… It is now established beyond question that a definite change in the arctic climate set in about 1900, that it became astonishingly marked about 1930, and that it is now spreading into sub-arctic and temperate regions. The frigid top of the world is very clearly warming up.”* Carson discusses several theories for this, but none related to human industrial activity. The Sea Around Us remains on the New York Times bestseller list for 86 weeks, and sells a quarter of a million copies by the end of 1952. The chapter “The Global Thermostat” is republished in Vogue magazine.**
*Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us. (New York: Oxford, 1951), 183.
**Arlene Rodd Quarantiello, Rachel Carson: A Biography (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004), 54-55.