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Emma Stone – The Last Time Earth Was This Hot Hippos Lived in Britain (That’s 130,000 Years Ago)

It’s official: 2015 was the warmest year on record. But those global temperature records only date back to 1850 and become increasingly uncertain the further back you go. Beyond then, we’re reliant on signs left behind in tree rings, ice cores or rocks. So when was the Earth last warmer than the present? The Medieval Warm Period is often cited …

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Greenland ice sheet melts more when it’s cloudy

Clouds play a bigger role in the melting of the Greenland ice sheet than was previously assumed. Compared to clear skies, clouds enhance the meltwater runoff by a third. Those are the findings of an international study that was coordinated by KU Leuven and published in Nature Communications. Greenland’s ice sheet is the second largest ice mass in the world …

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Sarah Lazare – Global Glaciers Melting up to Three Times Rate of 20th Century

The 21st century has already seen a record-smashing decline in the world’s glaciers, which are melting at up to three times the rate of the 20th century and will continue to disappear even without further climate change, an alarming new study concludes. Entitled Historically Unprecedented Global Glacier Decline in the Early 21st Century, the research was published Monday in the …