Tag Archives: interglacial periods

Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends

A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth’s climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL.

In a new study published in Nature, researchers from UCL, University of Cambridge and University of Louvain have combined existing ideas to solve the problem of which solar energy peaks in the last 2.6 million years led to the melting of the ice sheets and the start of a warm period. (more…)

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Catastrophic Drought Looms for Capital City of Bolivia

*Historical ecology of the Andes indicates desert-like setting on the horizon* 

Catastrophic drought is on the near-term horizon for the capital city of Bolivia, according to new research into the historical ecology of the Andes. 

If temperatures rise more than 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius (3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit) above those of modern times, parts of Peru and Bolivia will become a desert-like setting. 

About the image: Lake Titicaca from space. Its outline may look very different in the future. Image credit: NASA  (more…)

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