The Little Ice Age Myth

Little Ice Age

Archeologist Brian Fagan's book explores the myth of the Little Ice Age. hide caption

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The Little Ice Age refers to a period of time from the 16th to 19th centuries when global temperatures were on average lower than they are today. So the world was covered with ice — right? Not quite.

Archeologist Brian Fagan, a professor at UC Santa Barbara, discusses his book about what really happened and what we can learn from it.



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