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Perhaps we need to explain climate change to politicians as we would to very small children | Emma White

4 monthes ago   |   By The Guardian

Here, let me try. The sun is very, very hot When I was an undergrad learning geology, the maxim that was thumped into me wasn't how to build a mine or drill for oil and gas, it was simply: “The present is the key to the past.” The thing that took a while to accept was that the past was really, really, long. It's hard to comprehend the scale of geologic time: the timespan for continents to crash together and rip apart, for tiny sea creatures to live, die and condense into kilometres of limestone, or streams to carve epic canyons carrying mountains to the sea. We use comparisons our minds...
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