Heating Up or Cooling Down? Scientists Study Past Climate Change Conundrum

August 12, 2014 4:01 PM

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Is the world warming or cooling? What does climate change actually entail? A new study of past climate trends reveals that, in contrast to a previous study, there's been a consistent global warming trend over the course of our current geological epic rather than a period of global cooling before human influence.

Our current geological period is called the Holocene, and this particular warming trend is called the Holocene temperature conundrum. It has important implications for understanding climate change and evaluating climate models, as well as for the benchmarks used to create models for the future.

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