The Past is the Key to the Future | Jan Richard Heinicke

While climate change is perceived as a modern phenomenon, it is in fact an integral part of Earth’s history. However, the scale and speed of the recent changes in global climate are unprecedented. In order to comprehend the extent of these changes one has to put themselves in a temporal context, comparing the current events with those that occurred in the past. As humans only began recording it in the nineteenth century, paleoclimatologists around the world are studying a diverse range of climate archives with the intention of gathering information on the planet’s climate over the past one-hundred million years. These archives can be organic archives such as tree rings, or inorganic archives such as ice cores.

– This project strives to create a coherent and deeper understanding of the term “climate science.”   

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