Climate change

© Shutterstock

What Do Past Patterns of Climate Change Tell Us?360°ANALYSIS

As world leaders meet in Paris at COP 21, these analysts put climate change in historical perspective.

From November 30 to December 11, delegates from across the world will gather at the Paris Climate Change Conference. Sponsored by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, conference representatives will endeavor—not for the first time—to find ways to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.”

On this episode of History Talk, three environmental historians, Sam WhiteJohn Brooke and Nicholas Breyfogle, discuss past patterns of climate change—both recent and others from the deep planetary past—and what these historical processes of climate adaptation and survival tell us about humanity’s prospects today.

*[This podcast was originally featured by Origins, a partner institution of Fair Observer.]

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Fair Observer’s editorial policy.

Photo Credit: Yavuz Sariyildiz /

We bring you perspectives from around the world. Help us to inform and educate. Your donation is tax-deductible. Join over 400 people to become a donor or you could choose to be a sponsor.