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23.11.2022
 

Due to climate change glaciers and ice-sheets worldwide are shrinking. To be able to predict their future, glacial geologist Bethan Davies is...

07.11.2022
 

COP27 - If global warming continues, the catastrophic climate events we are seeing today might soon become the norm (article in German)

25.10.2022
 

An ongoing, intensive debate in the geoscientific community revolves around this core question: Can the Anthropocene be formalised as a new epoch...

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