Change in ocean circulation bumped up CO2 levels in the atmosphere and helped end the last Ice Age

The planet’s climate system is even more complicated than we thought.

Coal formation sucked so much CO2 out of the atmosphere that Earth nearly froze over 300 million years ago

“It is quite an irony that forming the coal that today is a major factor for dangerous global warming once almost lead to global glaciation,” the author said.

Early Europeans may have survived the Ice Age because of arthritis

Ok, but can it go away now?

Ancient climate change turned whales into Earth’s largest organisms ever , study reports

Do you think they get self-conscious about their weight?

Erosion and glacial melt equally explain massive volcanic activity at end of ice age

Once any ice age is over, the increased surface temperature causes the ice caps to melt which lessens the pressure on the mantle and causing increased volcanic activity. A paper published by a team from the University of Cambridge found that erosion also plays a major role and can be just as important as melting ice caps. Since erosion is largely ignored by climate models, it may be that scientists underestimated CO2 levels following ice ages.

Too much of a good thing: Emperor penguins were almost killed of by the Ice Age

They like freezing conditions, but the Emperor penguins struggled during the last Ice Age, a new study concluded. In fact, if they hadn’t been able to change their breeding habits and even their genetic make-up, they might have not survived.

Meteor impact in Canada may have triggered the Big Freeze that caused mass extinction and forced humans into agriculture

A recent study has revived an older controversy, after  Dartmouth Professor Mukul Sharma and his team reported what they claim is the first conclusive evidence that links an extraterrestrial impact in Canada with the beginning of the Younger Dryas, a period of abrupt climate change that caused major cooling through the Earth. During this time, a number of species became extinct and the human hunger-gatherer

Oldest known pottery is 20,000 years old and comes from China

In a fantastic discovery, a team of Chinese and US archaeologists have come across fragments belonging to a 20,000 year-old bowl in modern day China, confirmed as the earliest evidence of pottery. The findings push back the invention of pottery by 10,000 years and suggest that human were more socially advanced than previously thought. The pottery fragments were discovered in Xianrendong Cave, Jiangxi

Ice age relics still alive in China’s darkest caves

In the darkest caves of  southwest China, one can experience fragments of the long set Ice Age and travel back in time 30,000 years. No, there isn’t any time machine or stargate of some sort (scientists say time travel is impossible, I beg to differ), instead what you’ll find in one of the darkest corners of the Earth is an

Taking a look at the ‘little ice age’ of 1810

Global warming is one of the main concerns on everybody’s lips, causing more and more damage to the environment every year, sometimes in ways that seem hard to believe; everyday there seems to be a new report about something that went, is going, or will be going terribly wrong. However, in the early 1800s, the situation was in diametric contradiction with

Evidence of Ice Age hunters: hand axes

An amateur Dutch archaeologist named Jan Meulmeester made a startling find which pleases scientists: an amazing collection of 28 flint hand-axes, dated by archaeologists to be around 100,000 years-old. He found them in an area about 13km off Great Yarmouth. Jan Meulmeester diggs regularly for mammoth bones and fossils in marine sand and gravel delivered the materials, but nobody expected

Cave Records Provide Clues To Climate Change

  Basic paleoclimatology and one a little more There have been many climatic shifts throughout the geologic period of our time. The abrupt climate change events that occurred thousands of years ago are very important to us because they took place closer to this day and so there is a greater chance of repeatability. We must understand that in order