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August 22, 2017
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change - but the recovery timescales are significant. This work was presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Paris, and has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters*. The idea of a natural temperature thermostat was first proposed in 1981, but until now no-one has been able to provide data to show that the recovery from th ... read more

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Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
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US isolated over climate: G20 host Merkel
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