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Human-induced climate change dates back much further than we think: study – Folio

Evidence crowdsourced from archeologists worldwide suggests land use for hunting and farming has contributed to global warming for at least 5,000 years.

Human-induced climate change has origins far earlier than commonly assumed, according to a study published in the journal Science.

Archeological evidence collected around the world suggests human activity began warming the global climate about 5,000 years ago, according to U of A anthropologist Jack Ives, one of many scientists who contributed data to the study.

The authors found that “existing global reconstructions underestimatethe impact of early human land use onEarth’s current ecology,” since most studies of climate change focus on the recent past.

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