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Climate change: lessons for our future from the distant past

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We consider information from many sciences bearing on the causes and consequences of climate change, focusing on lessons from past mass extinctions of life on Earth. The increasing atmospheric levels of the main greenhouse gases are now established, as is their source in human activity. World-wide temperatures are rising on a high variance stochastic trend. Evidence from the past 500 million years provides a major warning: climate change is the main culprit in previous mass extinctions, wi...

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University of Oxford
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Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series
Publication date:
2010-05-01
Paper number:
485
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1143938
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2020-12-15

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