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Climate change has slowed Earth’s rotation — and could affect how we keep time

Three Gentoo penguins stand together on top of a small melting iceberg off the coast of King George Island, Antarctica.

As polar ice has melted and moved mass towards the Equator, it has slowed Earth’s rotation. Credit: Alessandro Dahan/Getty

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Nature 628, 243-244 (2024)



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