Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

An American Elm. Photo © Diane Cook and Len Jenshel / TNC A hot August sun punched through rain clouds as my wife Donna and I exited our truck at the Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, now part of the Silvio O.

Ancient civilisation? Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human species

Ancient civilisation? Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human species

Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human speciesA new study from a climatologist and a professor of astrophysics has revealed a massive spike in global warming 56 million years ago.This spike was discovered in a dramatic change in the geological composition buried deep beneath Earth’s surface in an era known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).To investigate the idea of a possible pre-historic intelligent civilisation, the duo, Professor Adam Frank, of the University of Rochester and Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), examined what evidence we, as humans, would leave behind if we were to become extinct.Writing in The Atlantic, Professor Frank said: “There is a conundrum here.