Warm Climate Surprises

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Science  29 Mar 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5257, pp. 1820-1821
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5257.1820


The present climate, which falls between the last ice age and the next, is relatively stable. New data on past climate change, however, indicates that the climate is capable of undergoing abrupt changes from one mode to another. In his Perspective, Overpeck describes the current research into the history of climate change and how it might influence our thinking about future climate variation.