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Prehistoric Global Cooling Caused by CO2, Research Finds
February 26, 2009
In a paper published this week in the journal Science, a team of researchers found evidence of widespread cooling that triggered glaciers to form at the South Pole. Additional computer modeling suggests the cooling was caused by a reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
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