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Climate eventClimate, Pollution and Economic Growth in Human History:
New results from the Historical Ice Core Project

November 14, 2018, Harvard University

This conference presented stunning recent results from our collaboration with the Climate Change Institute of the University of Maine, revealing new evidence about our human past sealed within an ice core from the Colle Gnifetti glacier of the Monta Rosa Massif on the Swiss-Italian border.



Print Media Coverage

Recópolis, 30 hectáreas de un complejo palatino oculto, El Pais, 28 Jun 2019
En la antigua ciudad visigoda de Recópolis se rezó a Alá, ABS Cultura, 28 Jun 2019
Una de las mezquitas más antiguas de Europa puede estar enterrada bajo una ciudad visigoda española, La Vanguardia, 24 Jun 2019
Scoperta in Spagna la più antica moschea d'Europa: si trova nella città sepolta di Reccopolis, La Stampa, 27 Jun 2019
¿Y si la mezquita más antigua de Europa está en Guadalajara?, El Español, 28 Jun 2019
En la antigua ciudad visigoda de Recópolis se rezó a Alá, Fundación para el Conocimiento, Madrid, 3 Mar 2019
"Plague, eruptions and pollution — welcome to life in the 6th century" The Times of London
Ann Gibbons, "Why 536AD was the Worst Year to Be Alive," Science 11/14/18
"The Worst Year to Be a Human Has Been Revealed by Researchers," CNN
"Scientists Have Identified the Worst Year in History," Time Magazine
"Climat: l'humanité a-t-elle vécu sa pire année en 536?" Le Figaro
"AD536: The Year That Winter Never Ended," New Scientist
"Study Looks for Location of Medieval Volcanic Eruption," Archaeology Magazine
"Humans Polluted the Air Much Earlier than Previously Thought," Smithsonian Magazine
"We've been poisoning ourselves for the last 2000 years," The Guardian
"How 2,000-year-old Roads Predict Modern-day Prosperity," The Washington Post (coverage of digital historical atlas of which I'm managing editor)
"A 14th-century plague helped reveal just how long humans have polluted the planet,"Popular Science Magazine
"Climate Change, Health and the Anthropocene: Why We Must Study the Past," Remedia
"An ice core reveals how profoundly the Black Death changed society," Forbes Magazine
Ice Cores Dating From The Black Death Challenge The Concept of 'Natural' Lead Levels" Science Alert
"Lead Pollution Trapped in Greenland Ice Shows Rise and Fall of Ancient Societies,Newsweek
"L'homme rejette du plomb dans l'atmosphère depuis au moins 2000 ans," Science et Vie
"Human Activity Has Polluted European Air for 2000 Years," Eos(American Geophysical Union)
"Europe's Lead Pollution Dropped to Zero Only Once in the Last 2000 Years: And All it Took Was the Black Death," Atlas Obscura
"Die Bleizeit," [The Lead Age] Süddeutsche Zeitung
"The Ongoing Tragedy of Lead in Our Lives," Harvard Gazette (coverage of the Lead Summit at Harvard, which I organized and where I presented)
"Humans are to blame for lead pollution: Study of glacial ice reveals the toxin was not present in the air when industry was brought to a standstill by the Black Death," Daily Mail
"Harvard Study Challenges Assumptions of Natural Lead Levels," Harvard Gazette
"Die größte Wirtschaftskatastrophe der Geschichte," Der Spiegel
"Die Sünden der Alten," Frankfurter Allgemein
"Le plomb: une pollution ancienne," Journal de l'Environnement
"Bleigehalt: Nur die Pest sorgte für saubere Luft," Der Standard
"Analyse van ijskern onthult de waarheid over lood: "We zijn onszelf al 2.000 jaar aan het vergiftigen" [Analysis of ice core reveals the truth about lead: we've been poisoning ourselves for the last 2000 years] De Morgen
"SoHP and Climate Change Institute Awarded $.5M Arcadia Grant for Historical Ice Core Project," Harvard Gazette
"Ancient Rome's Collapse Written into Arctic Ice,"The Atlantic
"The Science of History," Harvard Magazine, March-April 2016
"Climate Data Suggests Famine Worsened the Black Death," Archaeology, January 07, 2016
"Did Climate Change Worsen the Black Death," Harvard Gazette, January 5, 2016
"Harvard historian pinpoints the worst year ever to be alive," Times of Israel
"Laser technology uncovers medieval secrets locked in Alpine ice core"
Matthew Garbiele, "How a Volcano (sort of) Caused the Middle Ages," Forbes 11/15/18
"Researchers Identify 536 A.D. as The Absolute Worst Year Ever" Popular Mechanics
"536 nach Christus war schlimmstes Jahr der Geschichte" Süddeutsche Zeitung
"L’anno peggiore della storia dell’umanità? Il 536 d. C." Corriere della Sera
"Quale è stato l'anno peggiore della Storia?" Focus
"Eruzioni e carestie, il 536 d.C. è stato l'anno peggiore della storia" Ansa Science & Technology
"What Was The Worst Time To Be Alive In Human History?" IFLScience
"Waarom het jaar 536 ‘het ergste jaar ooit’ was" Algemeen Dagblad
"What a Year to be Alive: How Darkness Famine and Disease Made 536 the Worst Year to Be Alive," The Sun
"Why 536 AD was ‘the worst year to be alive’" The Times of India
"Why 536 AD was the worst year to be alive" Daily Mail
"Scientists Have Determined The Worst Year to Be Alive in Human History" Science Alert
"L'anno più terribile nella storia dell'umanità? Secondo la scienza è il 536"
"Ледниковые керны рассказали подробности о сильном похолодании в 536 году" N+1
"War 536 das schlimmste Jahr der Geschichte?" Der Standard
"Eruzioni e carestie, il 536 D.C. è stato l'anno peggiore della storia" Il Mattino
"Harvard Researcher Determines That 536 A.D. Was History’s Worst Year — Here’s Why" All That's Interesting
"536 Was a Garbage Year for Mankind" LiveScience
"536, el peor año de la historia: vivir era más difícil que durante la peste negra" El Español
"What a Year to Be Alive: How Darkness, Famine and Disease Made 536AD the Worst Year in Human History," Scottish Sun
"What was the worst year to be alive, ever? AD536, when winter came — for real," News Australia
"¿Per què el 536 va ser el pitjor any de la història de la humanitat?" El Periodico de Catalunya
"Les scientifiques ont déterminé quelle a été la pire année de l’histoire de l’humanité" Trust My Science
"La pire année de l'Histoire de l'humanité n'est pas 1918 ou 1349 : c'est l'an 536 et voici pourquoi" Atlantico
"Imagine que puede viajar en el tiempo: éste es el año al que NO debe ir, el peor año de la Historia" Telemundo
"You think 2018 is the worst year ever? Try the real dark age: 536" The Guardian
"公元536年,或是人类史上灾难最严重的一年!" Tencent
"Najhujše leto v zgodovini človeštva: 536" Primorske Novice
"The Worst Year to Be Alive – 536 AD…Harvard Scientist Concludes…Mysterious Fog to Blame" Mystic Post
"AD536: the worst year to be alive - ever"
"The Worst Time in History to Be Alive, According to Science" History
"'Scientists' Determine That the Worst Year in Human History Was… 536 AD." Watts Up With That
"Scientists claim A.D. 536 was the worst year to be alive" Daily Caller
"How darkness, famine and disease made 536 AD 'the worst year in human history'" Best World News
"Why 536 AD was the worst year to be alive" Celebrity Best News
"Un estudio determina el peor año para estar vivo en la historia humana, y no es ninguno de los que estás pensando" Gizmodo
"Dünya 536 yılı ve takip eden yıllarda çok korkutucu bir yermiş" BasNews
"Why is 536 years the worst year in human history?" KodKey
"Laser Technology Uncovers Medieval Secrets Locked in Alpine Ice Core" Science & Technology Research News
"Il peggior anno in cui essere vivi" Il Post
"Science ID’s 536 A.D. As the Worst Year To Be Alive" UK RemoNews
"Cataclysmic eruption may have kicked off ‘worst year' in history for humans - study" RT News
"Identify the year 536 A.D. as the worst in history" Tech2
"536 Dopo Cristo: Annus Horribilis per L'Europa!" Daniele Mancini Archeologia
"The worst year to be human was A.D. 536, researchers say" ViralEar
"El peor año para vivir de la historia de la humanidad fue el 536 d.C." Terrae Antiquae
"¿Por qué el 536 fue el peor año en la historia de la humanidad?" Vanguardia
"This is why 536 AD was the worst year in human history" BitMarkNews
"Scientists figure out the worst year ever to be alive on Earth" New York Post
"Iceland Possibly To Blame For “Worst Year To Be Alive” In World History" Reykjavik Grapevine
"Icelandic Volcano Accused of Causing the Worst Year in History" Guide to Iceland Now
"The worst year in human history was 536, historian claims" Newshub
"Researchers Determine 536 A.D. The 'Worst Year To Be Alive'" Mysterious Universe
"Des chercheurs ont déterminé la pire année de l’histoire de l’humanité" SciencePost
"Des scientifiques ont déterminé la pire année de l'histoire de l'humanité" MaxiSciences
"Mystérieux brouillard, été glacial : l’an 536 a été la pire année climatique de l’humanité" Numerama
"L’an 536, la pire année de l’histoire de l’humanité" L'Edition du Soir
"Selon Harvard, L'Année 536 Était La Pire Dans L'Histoire de L'Humanité" FZN
"Une carotte glaciaire révèle que 536 fut la pire année de l'histoire de l'humanité" Sciences et Avenir
"Quelle a été la pire année de tous les temps pour l’humanité ?" Futura Sciences
"L'an 536 : la pire année de l'histoire humaine" LeVif
"El peor año de nuestra Historia, por una erupción volcánica" Ideal
"Por qué el 536 fue el peor año en la historia de la humanidad" Infobae
"¿Por qué el 536 fue el peor año de la historia para ‘estar vivo’?" Eslang
"El peor año de la historia de la humanidad" La Vanguardia
"Por qué el año 536 fue el peor en la Historia de la humanidad" Clarin Mundo
"A névoa misteriosa que tornou 536 o pior ano da história para se estar na Terra" Globo
"Cientistas cravam qual foi o pior ano para estar vivo na história" Super Interessante
"Cientistas identificam o pior ano da História" DN
"Ciência elege o 'pior ano da história para estar vivo'" Itapema
"Forskare: Då var det värsta året att leva för människan" Aftonbladet
"Eldgos á Íslandi knésetti Evrópu og Asíu við upphaf miðalda" Kvennabladid


Broadcast Media Coverage

"¿Por qué el año 536 fue el peor de la historia para estar vivo?" BBC News Mundo
"Researchers identify worst year to be alive on Earth" Sky News
"What was the worst year in history? Scientists determine the answer" Euronews
"Here's the 'Worst Year to Be Alive,' as Determined by Historians and Scientists" Weather Channel
"Des historiens ont identifié la pire année pour l'humanité" BFM TV
"Eruzioni e carestie, il 536 d.C è l’anno peggiore della storia" SkyTV24
"L'anno peggiore della storia? Fu il 536 d.C. quando una fitta nebbia oscurò per mesi il Sole" RaiNews
"Historiens verste år å være i live" ABC Nyheter
"Por qué el año 536 fue el peor de la Historia" ABC Ciencia
"År 536 var et af de værste år at leve i, og nu ved forskerne hvorfor" TV2 (Denmark)
"¿Podría la humanidad volver a vivir el peor año de su historia?" Sputnik Mundo
"Cientistas descobrem que pior ano da história foi 536 d.C" Época Negócios
"Vuosi 536 oli ihmiskunnan kauhein vuosi – ennenäkemätön katastrofi teki elinoloista karmeita" Iltamakasiini
"Telur litlar líkur á að hamfaragosið sem olli versta ári sögunnar hafi verið á Íslandi" Vísir

"Les pires années de l’Histoire sont-elles liées aux extrêmes climatiques?" France Inter Radio (at 3:54)
"Soyez heureux de ne pas avoir vécu en l’an 536" Radio-Canada
"Científicos establecieron cuál fue el peor año para el ser humano" ADN Radio