We live in the Holocene. Its variability is our variability. To fully understand modern climate change we need to accurately record how climate has been changing over the Holocene’s 11700 years, as that is the backdrop to what is happening now. On 4–5 April 2013, the Geological Society examined a range of evidence for changes in the Holocene climate, in a meeting entitled Holocene Climate Change and organized by Colin Summerhayes, Nick McCave, Paul Valdes, Graeme Barker, Eric Wolff and Dan Charman. We hoped to find out more about what governed the occurrence of past cool events such as those...

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