Future of the Environment

What an Indian monsoon 130,000 years ago tells us about climate change today

Monsoon clouds gathering in Sri Lanka. Image: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Pallavi Anand

Lecturer in Ocean Biogeochemistry, , The Open University

Katrina Nilsson-Kerr

PhD Researcher in Climatology, , The Open University

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Maharashtra, India on May 28 2010, during the dry season.
Maharashtra, India on May 28 2010, during the dry season. Image: Arne Hückelheim/Wikipedia, CC BY
 The same view in Maharashtra, India on August 28 2010, during the monsoon season.
The same view in Maharashtra, India on August 28 2010, during the monsoon season. Image: Arne Hückelheim/Wikipedia, CC BY
 Globigerinoides ruber– a species of microscopic foraminifera from the Indian Ocean.
Globigerinoides ruber– a species of microscopic foraminifera from the Indian Ocean. Image: Pallavi Anand,Author provided

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