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Welcome To The Eocene, Where Ice Sheets Turn Into Swamps

Welcome To The Eocene, Where Ice Sheets Turn Into Swamps

By Eric Holthaus, Grist.org
December 13, 2018

Welcome To The Eocene, Where Ice Sheets Turn Into Swamps | PopularResistance.Org

Pliocene and Eocene provide best analogs for near-future climates PNAS

"During the Pliocene period, global temperatures were about 2-4 degrees Celsius warmer than today and sea levels eventually stabilized about 60 feet higher than current levels. It was a world largely inconsistent with natural ice formation.

By 2030, under a business-as-usual scenario, Pliocene-like conditions become the closest match for most land areas, according to the study..."

"An even more worrying period in Earth history was the Eocene, about 56 million years ago. The warmest part of this period — the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum — lasted around 200,000 years and was one of the warmest times in Earth history. The 8 degrees C-warmed world triggered a deep-sea mass extinction event and rainstorms so intense they scoured away the land surface at a continent scale. Humans are currently releasing carbon into the atmosphere at approximately 50 times the rate of the volcanic eruptions that led to the Eocene warm period... [emphasis by me]
 
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