2019-04-15 23:58:55 UTC
Mr. Bush was asked for his take on global warming.
President GEORGE W. BUSH: I think it's an issue that we need to take very
Nearly two decades before Al Gore raised awareness of climate change,
Margaret Thatcher was calling for an international scientific body to
investigate the issue.
MANY PEOPLE'S FIRST exposure to climate science was when they saw Al Gore's
An Inconvenient Truth. Gore took a topic that was beyond most people's
comprehension and made it easy to understand.
Back in 1988, however, it was a different politician who put the science of
climate change firmly on the global agenda. Unbeknownst to many, that person
was Margaret Thatcher.
As a Fellow of the Royal Society, Britain's national science academy, she
presented a series of high profile speeches on the topic of climate change.
Armed with a degree in chemistry from Oxford, her scientific expertise
enabled her to speak from a position of strength and knowledge about climate-
She used that knowledge to act as a champion for the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change, and personally opened the Hadley Centre for Climate
Prediction and Research (the UK's foremost climate change research centre).