Understanding the Green Sahara’s Collapse

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Today the Sahara is an arid desert, but until 6000 years ago it was a lush, gree
Today the Sahara is an arid desert, but until 6000 years ago it was a lush, green landscape teeming with life. Photo: Gero73 pixabay


TUM Scientists Develop New Method for Early Detection of Climate Tipping Points

Abrupt shifts within complex systems such as the Earth’s climate system are extremely hard to predict. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have now succeeded in developing a new method to anticipate such tipping points in advance. They successfully tested the reliability of their method using one of the most severe abrupt climate changes of the past: the shift of the once-green Sahara into a desert.

From the last ice age until around 6000 years ago, the region now known as the Sahara Desert was a lush, green landscape teeming with life. ...
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