Critical insolation–CO2 relation for diagnosing past and future glacial inception

  title={Critical insolation–CO2 relation for diagnosing past and future glacial inception},
  author={A. Ganopolski and R. Winkelmann and H. Schellnhuber},
The past rapid growth of Northern Hemisphere continental ice sheets, which terminated warm and stable climate periods, is generally attributed to reduced summer insolation in boreal latitudes. Yet such summer insolation is near to its minimum at present, and there are no signs of a new ice age. This challenges our understanding of the mechanisms driving glacial cycles and our ability to predict the next glacial inception. Here we propose a critical functional relationship between boreal summer… Expand
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