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"How environmental conditions like cold and wet weather can affect pandemics, and what that means for COVID-19," CNN
"Catastrophic effect of 1918 flu may have been aided by peculiar influx of cold air into Europe during WWI," Washington Post
"Climate Study Suggests Weather Anomaly Worsened World War I And The 1918 Flu PandemicForbes
"Six-year deluge linked to Spanish flu, World War I deaths," Harvard Gazette
"How Climate Affects Pandemics," CBSNBCFOX
"Deadly impact of wet winters on WWI and Spanish flu victimsThe Guardian
"異常気象がスペイン風邪の世界的流行の誘因だった? 研究結果" [Did extreme climate trigger a pandemic?] Newsweek
A 'Climate Anomaly' Worsened World War I and the 1918 Flu Pandemic, New Research Suggests," Gizmodo
"Wie Regen und Kälte die Spanische Grippe 1918 beeinflusst haben," Euronews
"Unusual Climate Conditions Influenced WWI Mortality And Subsequent Spanish Flu Pandemic," Science Mag 
"The Unusual Relationship Between Climate and Pandemics," EOS (American Geophysical Union)
"Unusual climate conditions influenced WWI mortality and subsequent Spanish flu pandemic," American Association for the Advancement of Science
"Ice Core Research Reveals Climate Anomaly During WWI, 1918 Flu EpidemicHarvard Crimson
Covid-19 : une anomalie climatique réécrit la guerre de 1914-1918... et l'avenir de la pandémie" Futura Planète 
"Ice Core Offers Insight Into 20th-Century Spanish Flu Pandemic," Archaeology
"History in Ice," Archaeology, July/August 2020
"Western Asia connected before rise of cities," Cosmos, 29 May 2020
"Genomic analysis shows long-term genetic mixing in West Asia before world's first cities," ScienceDaily, 28 May 2020
"Jews and Arabs Share Genetic Link to Ancient Canaanites, Study Finds," Haaretz, 28 May 2020
"Who were the Canaanites? New insight from 73 ancient genomes," ScienceDaily, 28 May 2020
"Wer waren die Kanaaniter?," idw, 28 May 2020
"12th-century lead pollution visible in Alpine ice," Current Archaeology, 11 May 2020
"How humans have reacted to pandemics through history – a visual guide," The Guardian, 29 April 2020
"Alpių ledas padėjo mokslininkams išsiaiškinti viduramžių žmogžudystę," (Lithuania), 3 April 2020
"Un glaciar suizo da pistas para resolver un crimen medieval que conmovió a Inglaterra," La Nacion (Argentina), 2 April 2020
"The Fallout of a Medieval Archbishop’s Murder Is Recorded in Alpine Ice,", 2 April 2020
"Highest pre-modern lead pollution occurred 800 years ago,", 2 April 2020
Morderstwo arcybiskupa zapisane w rdzeniu lodowym. Obok wojen i zgonów władców (The archbishop's murder was recorded in an ice core. In addition to the wars and deaths of rulers)," (Poland), 1 April 2020
"Lead pollution in Alpine ice reveals power struggle in Medieval Brittain,", 1 April 2020
Lead pollution in Britain was just as bad in the 12th century as during the Industrial Revolution, study finds,", 1 April 2020
"Alpine Glacier Reveals Insight into Murder of Thomas Becket in 1170,", 1 April 2020
"The Times view on Henry II’s remorse over Thomas Becket’s death: Ice Ages," The Times (UK) Leading Article, 1 April 2020
"Clue to murder of Thomas Becket buried in the ice of a Swiss glacier near Zermatt," The Times (UK) History Correspondent, 1 April 2020
"Alpine ice cores reveal economic impact on Britain of Thomas Becket murder in 1170," The Independent (UK), 1 April 2020
" 古冰芯铅污染或可追踪国家兴衰 (Ancient ice core lead contamination or traceable national rise and fall)," (China) 31 March 2020
Sajanditevanuse jää uurimine näitas, et keskaegse piiskopi mõrval ja plii tootmisel on seos (The study of centuries-old ice revealed that the relationship between the medieval Bishop's murder and lead)," elu24.postimees (Estonia), 31 March 2020
"Air pollution from 12th century British lead mines has been detected in the Swiss Alps,", 31 March 2020
Ancient Ice Tells of a Murderous King's Struggles,", 31 March 2020
"Air pollution trapped in ice shed light on 12th Century Britain,", 31 March 2020
"How murder of Thomas Becket impacted the environment, according to study," The Telegraph, 31 March 2020
"Thomas Becket: Alpine ice sheds light on medieval murder,", 31 March 2020
"Evidence of King Henry II's attempts to win back favour with the Pope after beheading Thomas Beckett is revealed in glacial ice from the Swiss Alps," The Daily Mail, 31 March 2020
"Lead pollution in ancient ice cores may track the rise and fall of medieval kings," Science Magazine, 30 March 2020
"Farming gave us salmonella, ancient DNA suggests," Science Magazine, 24 February 2020



"Quelle a été la pire année de tous les temps pour l’humanité ?" Futura Sciences, 9/27/2019
"Plague genomes show extent, diversity of massive Roman-era pandemic, Harvard Gazette, July 2019
"Recópolis, 30 hectáreas de un complejo palatino oculto (Recópolis, 30 hectares of a Hidden Palatine Complex)," El Pais (Spain), 28 June 2019
"En la antigua ciudad visigoda de Recópolis se rezó a Alá (They pray to Allah in the ancient Visigothic city of Recópolis)," ABS Cultura (Spain), 28 June 2019
"Una de las mezquitas más antiguas de Europa puede estar enterrada bajo una ciudad visigoda española, (One of the oldest mosques in Europe may be buried under a Spanish Visigothic city)," La Vanguardia (Spain), June 2019
"Scoperta in Spagna la più antica moschea d'Europa: si trova nella città sepolta di Reccopolis, La Stampa, June 2019
"¿Y si la mezquita más antigua de Europa está en Guadalajara?, El Español, June 2019
"En la antigua ciudad visigoda de Recópolis se rezó a Alá, Fundación para el Conocimiento, Madrid, March 2019
"What was the worst year to be alive, ever? AD536, when winter came — for real," News Australia, 3/11/2019
"AD536: the worst year to be alive - ever", 3/11/2019



"Climat: l'humanité a-t-elle vécu sa pire année en 536?" Le Figaro, December 2018
"El peor año de nuestra Historia, por una erupción volcánica" Ideal, 12/10/2018
"The Worst Time in History to Be Alive, According to Science" History, 11/30/2018
"Cientistas cravam qual foi o pior ano para estar vivo na história," Super Interessante, 11/28/2018
"Une carotte glaciaire révèle que 536 fut la pire année de l'histoire de l'humanité" Sciences et Avenir, 11/26/2018
"L’an 536, la pire année de l’histoire de l’humanité" L'Edition du Soir, 11/26/2018
"Selon Harvard, L'Année 536 Était La Pire Dans L'Histoire de L'Humanité" FZN, 11/25/2018
"Forskare: Då var det värsta året att leva för människan," Aftonbladet, 11/23/2018
"You think 2018 is the worst year ever? Try the real dark age: 536" The Guardian, 11/23/2018
"¿Por qué el 536 fue el peor año en la historia de la humanidad?" Vanguardia, 11/23/2018
"The worst year in human history was 536, historian claims" Newshub, 11/23/2018
"Cientistas identificam o pior ano da História" Diario de Noticias, 11/22/2018
"A névoa misteriosa que tornou 536 o pior ano da história para se estar na Terra" Globo, 11/22/2018
"Dünya 536 yılı ve takip eden yıllarda çok korkutucu bir yermiş" BasNews, 11/22/2018
"Najhujše leto v zgodovini človeštva: 536" Primorske Novice, 11/22/2018
"536, el peor año de la historia: vivir era más difícil que durante la peste negra" El Español, 11/21/2018
"Scientists figure out the worst year ever to be alive on Earth" New York Post, 11/21/2018
"Harvard historian pinpoints the worst year ever to be alive," Times of Israel, 11/20/2018
"Researchers Identify 536 A.D. as The Absolute Worst Year Ever" Popular Mechanics, 11/20/2018
"L’anno peggiore della storia dell’umanità? Il 536 d. C." Corriere della Sera, 11/20/2018
"Quale è stato l'anno peggiore della Storia?" Focus, 11/20/2018
"What Was The Worst Time To Be Alive In Human History?" IFLScience, 11/20/2018
"536 Was a Garbage Year for Mankind" LiveScience, 11/20/2018
"Por qué el 536 fue el peor año en la historia de la humanidad" Infobae, 11/20/2018
"Eruzioni e carestie, il 536 d.C. è stato l'anno peggiore della storia" Ansa Science & Technology, 11/19/2018
"Eldgos á Íslandi knésetti Evrópu og Asíu við upphaf miðalda" Kvennabladid, 11/19/2018
"Les scientifiques ont déterminé quelle a été la pire année de l’histoire de l’humanité" Trust My Science, 11/19/2018
"Iceland Possibly To Blame For “Worst Year To Be Alive” In World History" Reykjavik Grapevine, 11/19/2018
"Il peggior anno in cui essere vivi" Il Post, 11/19/2018
"L'an 536 : la pire année de l'histoire humaine" LeVif, 11/19/2018
"536 Dopo Cristo: Annus Horribilis per L'Europa!" Daniele Mancini Archeologia, 11/19/2018
"Mystérieux brouillard, été glacial : l’an 536 a été la pire année climatique de l’humanité" Numerama, 11/19/2018
"Waarom het jaar 536 ‘het ergste jaar ooit’ was" Algemeen Dagblad, 11/18/2018
"Por qué el año 536 fue el peor en la Historia de la humanidad," Clarin Mundo, 11/18/2018
"¿Per què el 536 va ser el pitjor any de la història de la humanitat?" El Periodico de Catalunya, 11/18/2018
"536 nach Christus war schlimmstes Jahr der Geschichte" Süddeutsche Zeitung, 11/18/2018
"Researchers Determine 536 A.D. The 'Worst Year To Be Alive'" Mysterious Universe, 11/18/2018
"Eruzioni e carestie, il 536 D.C. è stato l'anno peggiore della storia" Il Mattino, 11/17/2018
"War 536 das schlimmste Jahr der Geschichte?" Der Standard, 11/17/2018
"How darkness, famine and disease made 536 AD 'the worst year in human history'" Best World News, 11/17/2018
"Why 536 AD was the worst year to be alive" Celebrity Best News, 11/17/2018
"La pire année de l'Histoire de l'humanité n'est pas 1918 ou 1349 : c'est l'an 536 et voici pourquoi" Atlantico, 11/17/2018
"El peor año para vivir de la historia de la humanidad fue el 536 d.C." Terrae Antiquae, 11/17/2018
"'Scientists' Determine That the Worst Year in Human History Was… 536 AD." Watts Up With That, 11/17/2018
"What a Year to be Alive: How Darkness Famine and Disease Made 536 the Worst Year to Be Alive," The Sun, 11/16/2018
"Why 536 AD was the worst year to be alive" Daily Mail, 11/16/2018
"Laser technology uncovers medieval secrets locked in Alpine ice core", 11/16/2018
"Scientists Have Determined The Worst Year to Be Alive in Human History" Science Alert, 11/16/2018
"L'anno più terribile nella storia dell'umanità? Secondo la scienza è il 536", 11/16/2018
"Ледниковые керны рассказали подробности о сильном похолодании в 536 году (Glacial cores told details of a severe cold snap in 536)," N+1, 11/16/2018
"Harvard Researcher Determines That 536 A.D. Was History’s Worst Year — Here’s Why" All That's Interesting, 11/16/2018
"What a Year to Be Alive: How Darkness, Famine and Disease Made 536AD the Worst Year in Human History," Scottish Sun, 11/16/2018
"The Worst Year to Be Alive – 536 AD…Harvard Scientist Concludes…Mysterious Fog to Blame" Mystic Post, 11/16/2018
"Un estudio determina el peor año para estar vivo en la historia humana, y no es ninguno de los que estás pensando" Gizmodo, 11/16/2018
"Imagine que puede viajar en el tiempo: éste es el año al que NO debe ir, el peor año de la Historia" Telemundo, 11/16/2018
"Cataclysmic eruption may have kicked off ‘worst year' in history for humans - study" RT News, 11/16/2018
"Scientists claim A.D. 536 was the worst year to be alive" Daily Caller, 11/16/2018
"El peor año de la historia de la humanidad" La Vanguardia, 11/16/2018
Matthew Garbiele, "How a Volcano (sort of) Caused the Middle Ages," Forbes 11/15/2018
"Des scientifiques ont déterminé la pire année de l'histoire de l'humanité" MaxiSciences, 11/7/2018
"Plague, eruptions and pollution — welcome to life in the 6th century" The Times of London, November 2018
"Why 536AD was the Worst Year to Be Alive," Science, November 2018
"The Worst Year to Be a Human Has Been Revealed by Researchers," CNN, November 2018
"Scientists Have Identified the Worst Year in History," Time Magazine, November 2018
"Study Looks for Location of Medieval Volcanic Eruption," Archaeology Magazine, November 2018
"The Ongoing Tragedy of Lead in Our Lives," Harvard Gazette, November 2018
"公元536年,或是人类史上灾难最严重的一年! (536 A.D., or the most disastrous year in human history!)," Tencent, November 2018
"Why is 536 years the worst year in human history?" KodKey, November 2018
"How 2,000-year-old Roads Predict Modern-day Prosperity," The Washington Post, August 2018
"Ancient Rome's Collapse Written into Arctic Ice,"The Atlantic, 15 May 2018
Lead Pollution Trapped in Greenland Ice Shows Rise and Fall of Ancient Societies,Newsweek, May 2018


"Climate Change, Health and the Anthropocene: Why We Must Study the Past," Remedia, December 2017
"Die größte Wirtschaftskatastrophe der Geschichte," Der Spiegel, December 2017
"History under the Microscope" (MHAAM Inauguration), Harvard Gazette, October 2017
"A 14th-century plague helped reveal just how long humans have polluted the planet,"Popular Science Magazine, September 2017
"An ice core reveals how profoundly the Black Death changed society," Forbes Magazine, July 2017
"Humans Polluted the Air Much Earlier than Previously Thought," Smithsonian Magazine, June 2017
"L'homme rejette du plomb dans l'atmosphère depuis au moins 2000 ans," Science et Vie, June 2017
"Europe's Lead Pollution Dropped to Zero Only Once in the Last 2000 Years: And All it Took Was the Black Death," Atlas Obscura, June 2017
Ice Cores Dating From The Black Death Challenge The Concept of 'Natural' Lead Levels" Science Alert, May 2017
"We've been poisoning ourselves for the last 2000 years," The Guardian, May 2017
"Human Activity Has Polluted European Air for 2000 Years," Eos (American Geophysical Union), May 2017
"Die Bleizeit," Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 2017
"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, May 2017
"Harvard Study Challenges Assumptions of Natural Lead Levels," Harvard Gazette, May 2017
"Die Sünden der Alten," Frankfurter Allgemein, September 2017
"Le plomb: une pollution ancienne," Journal de l'Environnement, June 2017
"Bleigehalt: Nur die Pest sorgte für saubere Luft," Der Standard, June 2017
"Analyse van ijskern onthult de waarheid over lood: "We zijn onszelf al 2.000 jaar aan het vergiftigen" De Morgen, May 2017
"SoHP and Climate Change Institute Awarded $.5M Arcadia Grant for Historical Ice Core Project," Harvard Gazette, 10 February 2017



"The Science of History," Harvard Magazine, March-April 2016
"Long-Ago Freeze Carries into the Present," Harvard Gazette, February 2016
"Climate Data Suggests Famine Worsened the Black Death," Archaeology, January 2016
"Did Famine Worsen the Black Death," Harvard Gazette, January 2016
"AD536: The Year That Winter Never Ended," New Scientist, 1/15/2014

Broadcast Media


"How pandemics shape history" Channel 4 UK
"¿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