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Greek scientists using art paintings to study climate’s change October 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece, Environment, Science.
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Greek scientists study art paintings for information about global warming

Scientists at Greece’s National Observatory of Athens are using artists’ renditions of sunsets to glean information about the effects of climate change, The Guardian reports.

The team is looking at 554 works dating from 1500 to 1900 and painted by 181 artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, and Hogarth to estimate how much natural pollution was released into the skies following historical volcanic eruptions such as that of Mount Krakatoa in 1883. By studying the colors in skies painted before and after such eruptions, researchers say they can calculate how much material was in the sky at the time.

The scientists are also speaking with the Tate in London about repeating the study with 40 paintings from the 20th century in order to study the effects of pollution on sunsets since the Industrial Revolution.

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