April 1, 1960 – first meteorological satellite launched

“On 1 April 1960, the USA launched its first meteorological satellite, TIROS 1. It was a remarkable experience for people to be able to view the earth and its atmosphere from the outside. The bluish colour of our planet fascinated observers and a number of well-known features of the circulation of the atmosphere became visible through the cloud formations that they create.”

(Bolin, 2007) Page 19

The whole question of the interactions between our science and technology and climate, see Edwards, P. “A Vast Machine”

Other things that happened on this day:

2002 Australia;s 1st Mandatory Renewable Energy Target established (grudgingly and after a-lot-of-watering-down-lobbying,  speech by Howard just before Kyoto meeting.)

 

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