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SOURCE: The Irish Times

DATE: December 3, 2017

SNIP: The magnitude of past abrupt climate change events around the planet may have been underestimated, according to a major international study led by a scientist based at NUI Galway.

If the findings using new evaluation models are correct, the impact of current climate change on the planet may be larger than expected.

“Abrupt climate events that occurred during the last interglacial [warm] period, circa 125,000 years ago, have underestimated [temperature rise] by up to 4 degrees,” said lead author Dr Audrey Morley from NUIG school of geography and archaeology.

“This is important because our current understanding of climate change and our predictions of future climate both rely on past examples from Earth’s climate history.”