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Global Change in 1904: Electrification and the Dawn of the Anthropocene

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


Featured Speaker: Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director, Center for Environmental Sciences, Saint Louis University

An overarching theme at the 1904 World’s Fair was the dramatic worldwide change that would occur because of the anticipated widespread use of electricity. For “electrification” to become a reality, the world would have to tap into bountiful fossil fuel supplies. As we emitted more gases into the atmosphere from fossil fuels, mankind unknowingly began to influence the earth’s climate, sparking the onset of what scientists now recognize as a new geological era: the Anthropocene, a period of time in which human activity is the force driving the planet to a new state.

Dr. Jack Fishman, Saint Louis University, describes how the planet has changed since the time of the World’s Fair and the dawn of the Anthropocene.

Photo credit: Missouri History Museum

Presented in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum exhibitions, 250 in 250: A Yearlong Exhibit Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis, and The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America.

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.





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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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