chapter  6
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Global warming and the cooling of the special relationship: climate change and post-Cold War US-UK environmental politics


Boulding’s seminal paper on The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth focused minds on the need to co-operate in sharing global resources, rather than simply compete for global strategic infl uence.1 The realisation of Kennedy’s 1961 Cold War commitment to a manned moon landing prompted similar responses: ‘Apollo 8’s photographs of a little Earth, shining vulnerably in a great black emptiness, made people aware of the planet’s fragility and helped to spur the green movement’.2 For the past half-century, the Anglo-American special relationship has embraced the ecosphere.