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Calm solar cycle prompts questions about impact on Earth

Last Updated: Monday, November 25, 2013, 19:56

The surface of the sun has been surprisingly calm of late -- with fewer sunspots than anytime in the last century -- prompting curious scientists to wonder just what it might mean here on Earth.

1800`s industrial soot in Europe blamed for glacial retreat

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 04, 2013, 19:53

A NASA-led team of scientists has found proof that soot from a rapidly industrializing Europe caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps that began in the 1860s.

Antarctic penguins thrived during Little Ice Age

Last Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013, 18:33

Penguin populations in Antarctica surged during the Little Ice Age - a cold period between 1500 and 1800 AD, a new study suggests.

400-year-old `Ice Age` plants brought back to life

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 14:23

Plants that were frozen during the "Little Ice Age" centuries ago are sprouting new growth, a group of scientists from the University of Alberta have revealed.

Volcanoes may have triggered `Little Ice Age`

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 17:36

A mysterious cool spell which lasted into the late 19th century and dubbed Little Ice Age appears to have been caused by a series of volcanic eruptions and sustained by sea ice, a new study has suggested.