I'm currently reading
"Searching for the Catastrophe Signal"
"The origin of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change"
by Bernie Lewin
This describes the history of successive environmental concerns, from the policy over-reaction to the damage caused by saturation use of DDT (loss of public health benefits particularly in the 'third world'), emissions by SuperSonic Transport, CFCs and the ozone layer, and so on ...
As one issue loses traction over time, for whatever reason, the next one comes along.
The book contains plenty of detail.