Droplets rising from the Champagne vent on the ocean floor in the Mariana Islands. Fluids venting from the site contain dissolved carbon dioxide.
NOAA Ocean Explorer
Thousands of years ago, carbon gases trapped on the seafloor escaped, causing drastic warming that helped end the last ice age. A scientist says climate change could cause this process to repeat.
A modern mouse lemur
Microcebus sits upon the cranium of an extinct Megaladapis lemur.
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A series of new studies sheds light on the population crash and extinction of the giant birds, lemurs and more that roamed the island until around A.D. 700-1000.
Only you can prevent hothouse earths.
What can we expect from our future climate after looking at the 'Hothouse Earths' of the past?
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This sudden, 150,000-year long temperature spike has many parallels with modern climate change.
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The sun is more powerful today than when we last had similar levels of carbon in the atmosphere.
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David Attenborough's latest BBC documentary indulges wishful thinking over evidence.
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Closing the passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans strengthened the gulf stream and helped kick off ice ages.
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As carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase, scientists are looking to the past.
Modern Africa…or prehistoric Britain?
But it's been millions of years since carbon in the atmosphere last warmed the planet to this extent.
Welcome to your summer holidays, 750m years ago.
More evidence that planet Earth has gone through various frozen phases.
Conquer Chile? But we don’t have the carbon budget.
Fundación de Santiago (1888) by Pedro Lira
When the Spanish conquered South America in the 16th century they took over the Incas’ mines and soon began to pump clouds of lead dust over the Andes. The silver the conquistadors sent back home made…
Hudson Bay Lowlands are staying greener for longer as temperatures rise.
Lakes of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, in northeast Canada, are showing evidence of abrupt change in one of the last Arctic regions of the world to have experienced global warming, according to Canadian research…
The extreme rate at which greenhouse gases and temperatures are rising is leading to extensive fires.
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On May 9, 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US recorded CO2 levels in the atmosphere at of 400 parts per million. This signifies a return to the atmospheric conditions similar…