Scientists just found out how far back climate change goes

Posted on July 3rd, 2017
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 

Turns out humans have been harming the planet for a very, very long time.

Long before industrialization and fossil fuels and ocean acidification, humans were undergoing an epic transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture and settlement, the result of which was a massive increase in population.

It was 11,500 years ago, according to Israeli researchers who just conducted a major geological study of the Dead Sea and found erosion rates that they call "dramatically incompatible with known tectonic and climatic regimes of the period recorded."

In other words, humans have been destroying the environment a whole heckuva lot longer than we thought.

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