Related: Medill’s Climate Change Site

Spires of tufa at Mono Lake in California hold clues to climate change to help predict water shortages in some of thirstiest places on earth. (Photo by Scott Stine)

The earth’s oceans, glaciers, deserts and caves show how climate changed very quickly and very dramatically in the past and how the human thirst for fossil fuels is driving us to another tipping point. For scientists researching abrupt climate change, unlocking the past provides the tools to predict the future.

Abrupt climate change can occur in a matter of decades or even years, bringing the threat of severe weather, disease and drought. Climate Change, a site by students in Medill science and environmental reporters, is devoted to the on-going research of leading climate scientists and their latest findings on impacts and solutions as the earth warms.

Sea temperatures at the start of the 2010 hurricane season. Rising ocean temperatures and severe weather are the forecasts for global warming. (NASA)

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