I found this image on reddit, and I'm wondering if this is real? Was this actually published over 100 years ago?

Newsclip from 1912 explaining how the burning of coal will cause climate change


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The furnaces of the world are now burning about 2,000,000,000 tons of coal a year. When this is burned, uniting with oxygen, it adds about 7,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere yearly. This tends to make the air a more effective blanket for the Earth and to raise its temperature. The effect may be considerable in a few centuries.


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Yes, it was a real article printed in 1912.

Although that image of the article seems to have been spliced together so that the paper's name, section, and article are all in one neat little frame, here is a scan of the original paper it came from. That site is run by the National Library of New Zealand, so it is pretty trustworthy.

The article in question can be found in the fifth section of the third column of the full paper, and here it is zoomed in.

As pointed out in a comment, the article seems to have been ripped from the caption of an image in Popular Mechanics apparently published several months prior, giving further proof that the content of the article is real and that methods of writing filler articles haven't changed much in a hundred years.

Unrelated, but the bottom of column 5 of the full paper has a section called 'Cats in Ancient Times', so climate change isn't the only thing from a hundred years ago that's still news worthy today.


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