Winter has come and gone, and it’s been one for the history books. This winter has not been a very cold one, in fact, it was one of the warmest winters ever recorded – worldwide. With that little snippet of knowledge, there’s no time better than the present to learn more about our climate and how it has changed throughout the years.

Yes, climate change is real. Outside of the effects of human-made greenhouse gasses, global temperatures have changed and fluctuated naturally throughout the centuries. However, not as rapidly as we see today.

Long ago in Europe, around 60.000 BC, ice-sheets gripped the majority of inhabitable land. Humans were forced to drastically adapt to the harsh, changing climate as it became harder and harder to find new sources for food. Slowly, the global climate changed yet again, this time shifting towards a warmer and drier environment, which again brought new challenges to mankind. Spoiler alert: our species survived the ice age and the ages that followed. The question that this two-part series aims to answer is: how?

Learn more about climate change throughout history, how we coped in the past, and what we need to do in the future on Get.factual in How Climate Made History.


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