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Ancient farmers spared us from glaciers but profoundly changed Earth's climate

Millennia ago, Ancient Farmers cleared land to plant wheat and maize, potatoes and squash. They flooded fields to grow rice. They began to raise livestock. And unknowingly, they may have been fundamentally altering the climate of Earth. Life in a wet rice farming village in Japan c.300 BC [Credit: Heritage of Japan]A study published in the journal Scientific Reports provides new evidence that ancient farming practices led to a...

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