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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:29 AM

Scientists throw light on mysterious ice age temperature jumps

From phys.org ( https://phys.org/news/2017-06-scientists-mysterious-ice-age-temperature.html ) :

Scientists believe they have discovered the reason behind mysterious changes to the climate that saw temperatures fluctuate by up to 15C within just a few decades during the ice age periods.

In a new study published today, the researchers show that rising levels of CO2 could have reached a tipping point during these glacial periods, triggering a series of chain events that caused temperatures to rise abruptly.

The findings, which have been published in the journal Nature Geoscience, add to mounting evidence suggesting that gradual changes such as a rising CO2 levels can lead to sudden surprises in our climate, which can be triggered when a certain threshold is crossed.

Previous studies have shown that an essential part of the natural variability of our climate during glacial times is the repeated occurrence of abrupt climate transitions, known as Dansgaard-Oeschger events.


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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:45 AM

1. I thought we figured this out 20 years ago.

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