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Why we live on Earth and not Venus

From the University of British Columbia: Compared to its celestial neighbors Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to sustain life. The research, published this week in Nature Geoscience, suggests that Earth’s first…

The Beryllium cycle as it applies to weathering

A surprising finding: weathering of rocks doesn’t change with climate change

Constant weathering Surprisingly stable behavior despite glacial and interglacial periods From: GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre That weathering has to do with the weather is obvious in itself. All the more astonishing, therefore, are the research results of a group of scientists from the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences in Potsdam and Stanford University,…

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Ice core data shows the much feared +2°C climate ‘tipping point’ has already occurred…

…and human civilization did just fine. The Holocene context for Anthropogenic Global warming Guest essay by Ed Hoskins Our current beneficial, warm Holocene interglacial has been the enabler of mankind’s civilisation for the last 10,000 years. The congenial climate of the Holocene spans from mankind’s earliest farming to the scientific and technological advances of the last 100…

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Study finds: ‘severe cold snap during the geological age known for its extreme greenhouse climate’

The Arctic: Interglacial period with a break Reconstruction of Arctic climate conditions in the Cretaceous period FRANKFURT. Scientists at the Goethe University Frankfurt and at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre working together with their Canadian counterparts, have reconstructed the climatic development of the Arctic Ocean during the Cretaceous period, 145 to 66 million…