A 1912 report in the Rodney & Otamatea Times has gone viral online, The Spinoff reports. “COAL CONSUMPTION AFFECTING CLIMATE,” was the headline. “[Coal consumption] tends to make the air a more effective blanket for the earth and to raise its temperature. The effect may be considerable in a few centuries.” The brief article has the advantage of concision and clarity, sheeting crisply home just how long our species has known about global heating – since long before the denialism and inaction became a talking point.