Why modern climate change has got the world abuzz

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Throughout this planet's more than four billion years, the climate has changed numerous times before.

During a period of warming, for example, the sprawling ice sheet that once covered North America melted and retreated, carving out the Great Lakes that are still seen today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2020, with the headline Why modern climate change has got the world abuzz. Subscribe