Famous Paintings Yield Secrets About Earth’s Past That May Help Predict Future Climate Change

By Macrina Cooper-White

Turns out there’s way more to art than its aesthetic appeal. New research by Greek and German scientists suggests that some of the world’s most celebrated landscape paintings may reveal information about pollution levels in Earth’s past that could help them predict future climate change.

How exactly? The researchers say that the vivid colors seen in old paintings of sunsets show how much volcanic ash was in the planet’s atmosphere following volcanic eruptions.

Check out these paintings of sunsets included in the research. (Story continues below.)

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Source: Huffington Post Green