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Dr Heid Jerstad (University of Edinburgh)
Graph from Rockström et al (2009: 3/33) showing how unusually stable the Holocene (the current climatic period) is in the context of the history of humans on earth:
Fig. 1. The last glacial cycle of 18O (an indicator of temperature) and selected events in human history.
The Holocene is the last 10 000 years. Adapted from Young and Steffen (2009).
Rockström, J., W. Steffen, K. Noone, Å. Persson, F. S. Chapin, III, E. Lambin, T. M. Lenton, M. Scheffer,
C. Folke, H. Schellnhuber, B. Nykvist, C. A. De Wit, T. Hughes, S. van der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P.
K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M. Falkenmark, L. Karlberg, R. W. Corell, V. J. Fabry, J. Hansen, B.
Walker, D. Liverman, K. Richardson, P. Crutzen, and J. Foley. 2009. Planetary boundaries:exploring the
safe operating space for humanity. Ecology and Society 14(2): 32.
Background photo: The Firth, from Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland.