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Interview: Lonnie Thompson

At the AGU Chapman Conference last month I met up with Lonnie Thompson, the alpine glaciologist who has spent more time above 20,000 feet than any other human. Despite being interrupted by last-minute demands from Peruvian customs officials – he was squeezing me in before taking off for a new expedition in the Andes – an unphased Thompson carefully laid out the past and present-day climate change that his work has uncovered. Here’s an extract: What information can you garner from glaciers? Glaciers are like sentinels, and they’re telling us that the system is changing. The first thing we look 

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