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Was The Day After Tomorrow right after all? New data from Germany suggests that global temperatures could plummet within a single year. Plus, how vitamin C can destroy tumours

By Philip Ball   September 2008

The day after tomorrow won’t come

I am no climate change sceptic, but I recommend caution about the idea that the world could be plunged into Arctic conditions within a year. This idea formed the plot of the rather silly 2004 Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, and has now been given apparent support by scientists studying a climate record imprinted in sediments of a west German lake. They claim to find evidence of such abrupt cooling about 12,700 years ago.

It’s long been known that the world got at least 3 degrees Celsius colder at this time—a sharp reversal…

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