Video: How ancient ice cores show ‘black swan’ events in history – even pandemics

Ice cores can preserve evidence of 'black swan' events like pandemics and droughts, but the glaciers from which they are collected are disappearing.

Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Geography (Atmospheric Sciences), Senior Research Scientist, The Ohio State University • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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Did a volcanic eruption in Alaska help end the Roman republic?

New research suggests ancient climate change shaped the fate of western civilisation.

Guy Middleton, Visiting Fellow, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Did a volcanic eruption in Alaska end the Roman republic?

New research suggests ancient climate change shaped the fate of western civilisation.

Guy Middleton, Visiting Fellow, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

climate-change archaeology roman-empire ancient-history ice-cores global-cooling julius-caesar ancient-rome roman-republic

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