How humans respond to global warming is crucial for their survival amid the growing threat of moving coastal cities, migrating crop belts, changing climate zones, and varying river conditions. A thorough examination of the climate history of the past million years may help predict and alter the course for the future.
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Natural Longterm Climate Change
Natural Medium and Shortterm Climate Change
HumanInduced Climate Changes
Global Climate Changes that Lead to Droughts
Examples of Expanding Deserts
Past Present and Future
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