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Understanding Climate History: An Eye to the Future
Understanding climate history: An eye to the future

Earth has experienced numerous periods of climate change, varying from annual fluctuations to episodes lasting many millennia. These climatic shifts have ranged from gradual to abrupt with impacts that affected areas from local to regional and global. Virtually all life on Earth is either dependent on or influenced by the climatic conditions it experiences. Earth's climate history shows that significant changes in climate may cause serious consequences unless there is an ability to adapt to the new environmental conditions that follow. Efforts to increase our knowledge of past climates help us to explain today's climates as well as to project the potential conditions and impacts of future climatic change.

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