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An Exceptionally Long Interglacial Ahead?

Science  23 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5585, pp. 1287-1288
DOI: 10.1126/science.1076120

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Today's comparatively warm climate has been the exception more than the rule during the last 500,000 years or more. If recent warm periods (or interglacials) are a guide, then we may soon slip into another glacial period. But Berger and Loutre argue in their Perspective that with or without human perturbations, the current warm climate may last another 50,000 years. The reason is a minimum in the eccentricity of Earth's orbit around the Sun.