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What was responsible for the unusual climatic conditions that prevailed during the early Pliocene, 5 million to 3 million years ago? Modelling studies point to intense tropical-cyclone activity as a possible answer.

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Figure 1: The tropical-cyclone heat pump.

a, NASA TRMM MICROWAVE IMAGER/http://WWW.REMSS.COM

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Sriver, R. Tropical cyclones in the mix. Nature 463, 1032–1033 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/4631032a

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