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What long-dead whalers can teach us about climate change

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Ice ice baby!

As horrible as it was for the whalers, for Kevin Wood, that winter of log books is a climate data gold mine because it harkens back to before the days of satellite weather analysis and remote data collection. Today, scientists want to better understand historical climate patterns, and while ice cores reveal some of the broader patterns, ship’s logs provide essentially a daily weather update from a particularly remote corner of the planet.

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