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Go back in time around 120,000 years and the natural world would have looked a little different than we’re used to. There were few harsh winters in the northern hemisphere, allowing species like the hippopotamus that we think of as more tropical to ply the waters of many rivers in northern Europe, including the Rhine and the Thames.

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A new study adds to mounting data suggesting today’s climate may be the warmest the planet has been since that prehistoric era, known as the Eemian or last interglacial period.

Melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic are exposing landscapes that haven’t been thawed for more than 40,000 years. Researchers took advantage of the opportunity and collected samples of newly exposed ancient plants and minerals from the edges of ice caps on Baffin Island, which were then subjected to radiocarbon dating.

“Because dead plants are efficiently removed from the landscape, the radiocarbon age of rooted plants define the last time summers were as warm, on average, as those of the past century,” said Simon Pendleton, a doctoral researcher in CU Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR).

Pendleton is lead author on a study published in Nature Communications.

While the samples may have not seen direct sunlight in over 40,000 years, the researchers went further and compared temperature data from ice cores taken from Baffin and Greenland to today’s climate. Their findings suggest that temperatures today could represent the warmest century the Arctic region has seen since the Eemian, and that Baffin’s ice caps could disappear completely in a few hundred years.

“We haven’t seen anything as pronounced as this before,” Pendleton said. “You’d normally expect to see different plant ages in different topographical conditions… A high elevation location might hold onto its ice longer, for example. But the magnitude of warming is so high that everything is melting everywhere now.”

In prehistoric times, the warming took place far more slowly than what we’re seeing today, allowing hippos and other species to expand their ranges to the north gradually over centuries and millennia. So we probably won’t be seeing many giant pachyderms wandering into London anytime soon. But then again the amount of heat-trapping CO2 in the atmosphere has already far exceeded Eemian levels, so a great northward shift of species – perhaps even including hippos – isn’t too far off.

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A brand-new research study contributes to installing information recommending today’s environment might be the hottest the world has actually been because that ancient age, referred to as the Eemian or last interglacial duration.

Melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic are exposing landscapes that have not been defrosted for more than 40,000 years. Scientists benefited from the chance and gathered samples of freshly exposed ancient plants and minerals from the edges of ice caps on Baffin Island, which were then subjected to radiocarbon dating.

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Pendleton is lead author on a research study released in Nature Communications

While the samples might have not seen direct sunshine in over 40,000 years, the scientists went even more and compared temperature level information from ice cores drawn from Baffin and Greenland to today’s environment. Their findings recommend that temperature levels today might represent the hottest century the Arctic area has actually seen given that the Eemian, which Baffin’s ice caps might vanish totally in a couple of a century.

” We have not seen anything as noticable as this prior to,” Pendleton stated. “You ‘d typically anticipate to see various plant ages in various topographical conditions … A high elevation area may keep its ice longer, for instance. However the magnitude of warming is so high that whatever is melting all over now.”

In ancient times, the warming occurred far more gradually than what we’re seeing today, permitting hippos and other types to broaden their varieties to the north slowly over centuries and centuries. So we most likely will not be seeing numerous huge pachyderms roaming into London anytime quickly. However the quantity of heat-trapping CO2 in the environment has actually currently far surpassed Eemian levels, so an excellent northward shift of types – possibly even consisting of hippos – isn’t too away.

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Return in time around 120, 000 years and the natural world would have looked a little various than we’re utilized to. There were couple of severe winter seasons in the northern hemisphere, permitting types like the hippopotamus that we consider more tropical to ply the waters of numerous rivers in northern Europe, consisting of the Rhine and the Thames.

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A brand-new research study contributes to installing information recommending today’s environment might be the hottest the world has actually been because that ancient age, referred to as the Eemian or last interglacial duration.

Melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic are exposing landscapes that have not been defrosted for more than 40, 000 years. Scientists benefited from the chance and gathered samples of freshly exposed ancient plants and minerals from the edges of ice caps on Baffin Island, which were then subjected to radiocarbon dating.

“Due to the fact that dead plants are effectively gotten rid of from the landscape, the radiocarbon age of rooted plants specify the last time summer seasons were as warm, typically, as those of the previous century,” stated Simon Pendleton, a doctoral scientist in CU Stone’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research Study (INSTAAR).

Pendleton is lead author on a research study released in Nature Communications

While the samples might have not seen direct sunshine in over 40, 000 years, the scientists went even more and compared temperature level information from ice cores drawn from Baffin and Greenland to today’s environment. Their findings recommend that temperature levels today might represent the hottest century the Arctic area has actually seen given that the Eemian, which Baffin’s ice caps might vanish totally in a couple of a century.

“We have not seen anything as noticable as this prior to,” Pendleton stated. “You ‘d typically anticipate to see various plant ages in various topographical conditions … A high elevation area may keep its ice longer, for instance. However the magnitude of warming is so high that whatever is melting all over now.”

In ancient times, the warming occurred far more gradually than what we’re seeing today , permitting hippos and other types to broaden their varieties to the north slowly over centuries and centuries. So we most likely will not be seeing numerous huge pachyderms roaming into London anytime quickly. However the quantity of heat-trapping CO2 in the environment has actually currently far surpassed Eemian levels, so an excellent northward shift of types – possibly even consisting of hippos – isn’t too away.

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