Research Questions the Rate of Climate Change

Scientists measured the vast migration of sea bed materials, such as clay and sand, a process that occurs over thousands of years. (Image: Photograph taken in Burgos, Spain, via Heriot-Watt University)

Climate change may be occurring even faster than first thought. That is according to a ground-breaking new study by Dr. Clayton Magill from the Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Scientists measured the vast migration of sea bed materials, such as clay and sand, a process that occurs over thousands of years.

The research found that constant movement resulted in the erosion of ancient fossils trapped within the ocean floor and that these fossils release their harmful carbon dioxide, which is a strong greenhouse gas.

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Climate change happening faster than thought

Researchers previously thought that the rate of erosion on these fossils was significantly slower — hence, climate change was slower. The study, which is published in Nature, sheds new light on how fast climate change is actually happening. Dr. Clayton Magill said in a statement:

The study also raises questions about how best to deal with marine pollution across the globe. Dr. Magill  explains:

Provided by: Laura Varney, Heriot-Watt University [Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.]

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