Time Machine Reveals a Century of Climate Change

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Time Machine Reveals a Century of Climate Change
  • November 8, 2023
  • 10:00 AM CST
  • Antonia Bowring

Researchers have been able to determine the century of climate change.

The time machine dives deep into the environmental history and biological changes that have taken place in the last 100 years.

Time Machine Reveals a Century of Climate Change

The study was conducted jointly by German experts from the University of Birmingham and Goethe University.

Century of Biodiversity Change

Sediment from a Danish lake offers an uninterrupted record of biological transformations spanning the Industrial Revolution to today.

Scientists used AI to study environmental DNA (eDNA) in the sediment, which holds genetic traces of various organisms like plants, animals, and bacteria.

“By analyzing biological data with climate change data and pollution levels we can identify the factors having the biggest impact on biodiversity,” the study suggested.

Conclusion

The study revealed that chemical pollutants like insecticides and fungicides, combined with a temperature increase of 1.2 to 1.5 degrees Celsius, had a detrimental impact on the lake’s biodiversity. The researchers concluded that the environmental damage done to the lake was irreversible, although the lake was recovering.

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