One Canceled Out Thing: 6500 Years of Cooling

A new study shows that climate change in the 150 years since the industrial revolution has canceled out the prior 6500 years of cooling.  The study, conducted by researchers at Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth and Sustainability (SES), examined a new compilation of paleoclimate data along with new statistical analyses and found that millennial-scale global cooling began approximately 6,500 years ago, not the 1000 years ago previously believed.  The team from Northern Arizona worked with scientists from around the world to reconstruct the global average temperature over the Holocene Epoch — the period following the Ice Age and beginning about 12,000 years ago.  They also concluded that the global average temperature of the last decade (2010-2019) was warmer than at any time since the Ice Ages. Not cool!

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