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Meghan O'Sullivan

Appointment
Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs

O'Sullivan, Meghan. "A History of the Energy We Have Consumed." New York Times, June 18, 2018.

Abstract

Early in Richard Rhodes’s new book, “Energy: A Human History,” we hear of a prominent citizen using colorful language to lament the state of his polluted city and urge his government to shut down industry or move it elsewhere: “If there be a resemblance of hell upon earth, it is in this volcano [on] a foggy day.” Though this could easily apply to modern-day Beijing, the speaker here is John Evelyn, a wealthy horticulturalist and one of the founders of the scientific Royal Society of London — and he’s complaining about London in 1659.