Smithsonian Artefacts Offer Insights Into Climate Change • Discoverology

Smithsonian Artefacts Offer Insights Into Climate Change

Art, Nature

Institute’s collections are helping to provide an understanding of how global warming affects specific locations. Paintings of Venice show rising sea levels and tracking France’s vanishing Mer de Glace in paintings and daguerreotypes.

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Art, Crime, Long Reads

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Food, Nature

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Art, Videos

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Nature, Tech

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