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Digging in the past in search of the future

Improving climate models by searching the ocean floor

Old mud can tell us that 55 million years ago palm trees grew along the Arctic Ocean. What does this mean for the future of our climate? Appy Sluijs dives into the past to be able to better predict our future. In studying an era 50 to 60 million years ago when there were very high CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, he investigates what the current increase in CO2 brought about by burning fossil fuels means for our climate’s future.


<p>Produced by: Fast Facts and<br />
With the support of: The Young Academy and Appy Sluijs</p>
<p>Thanks to all members of The Young Academy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Iris Koopmans, Marja van der Putten, Hugo van Bergen</p>
<p>With images from: Zcene</p>
<p>Made by: Aline Idzerda 2010<br />
In cooperation with<br />
Camera &amp; editing:<br />
Music and graphic design: SproetS</p>