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Did Climate Change Topple Ancient Civilizations?


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, energy, greenliving, protection )

Cher
- 221 days ago - livinggreenmag.com
Historians and archaeologists have invoked catastrophic volcanic eruption, a tsunami, invasion, a socioeconomic crisis, new technology and mysterious forces to explain the collapse of late Bronze Age civilisation in Europe.



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Kit B. (277)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 9:38 am

There are also numerous civilizations not mentioned and some did destroy themselves. I think deforestation and over population would be better terms than climate change. The climate has changed before and will again, what makes this current climate change unusual is the rapid change and the numerous natural resources we have spoiled.
 

Elke H. (94)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 11:00 am
Jared Diamond wrote an excellent vook on the collapse of various civilization in antiquity. it's aptly called Coolapse. Very informative. I'll be, we are making some of the same mistakes that caused the demise of some civilizations. Like paying attention to the water table.
 

Mike M. (53)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 11:39 am
Mother Earth can topple and or destroy anything man makes but we make it easy for her to almost do nothing while killing ourselves for the old money, power and greed idea
 

Allan Yorkowitz (458)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 12:07 pm
Not being a scholar by any means, I would believe the ancient civilizations suffrered from war, revolution, flood and plague than climate.
 

Betty Kelly (1)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 12:28 pm
Maybe the humans destroyed themselves with selfserving greed and thereby exposed themselves to castrophies. This is much like the path we are on now.
 

GGmaSheila D. (89)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 3:36 pm
If you look at what's happening today and compare with what was going on back then, I could believe a corrolation between climate changes and the breakdown of many societies...see what's going on in the Middle East and with Israel against the everyone around them.

So many of the disputes around the world are due to greed, but underlying causes are joblessness; farming that's drought-ridden, so not much food; hurricanes that get worse each year...add that greed and you have powderkegs around the world.

Stir with Religious Extremists saying we are being punished, and what do you have?? In some cases. internal combustion. In other cases, outside takeovers....Still we destroy the planet, and ourselves.
 

Debbie Tate (17)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 3:36 pm
Noted
 

John S. (294)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 4:07 am
Noted. What's interesting is that we should be heading for another ice age, so I wonder if mankind is realy destroying anything.
 

. (0)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 6:29 am
It probably did. Thanks for sharing, Cher.
 

John Mansky (26)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 6:34 am
Geo-Engineering and Chem-Trail Spraying are also helping the Natural Climate Cycles of our Earth. As are Solar Cycles also...
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 7:57 am
The problem I have with this theory, and it is just a theory, is that it does not make the distinction between a climate event and climate change. The "Little Ice Age" and "Medieval Warm Period" running from about 1350 CE to 1850 CE had major impacts on the peoples and nations of the Northern Hemisphere and nearly none on the Southern Hemisphere. Fact is that even in the North neither LIA or MWP had any measurable effect on the Glaciers of the North. Human communities particularly in the Mediterranean and the Near and Middle East were based in marginally productive areas, islands dependent on rain for fresh water and coastal areas of desert or near desert land. Crete/Minoan civilization was quashed by the effects of Thera blowing itself up. Egypt for all of its greatness is still dependent on the yearly rains in the head waters of the Nile drainage system. And none of these are the results of Planetary Climate Change they are the results of specific regional events.
 

Tom Tree (247)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:00 am
Interesting.......,
Thank You for sharing !
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:08 am
One of the main things apart from the pigs of Cortez and others that lead to many First Nations decline was overpopulation, deforestation and depleted resources. I'm sure there are a number of other factors depending on the geographic area. Earthquakes and volcanic activity would certainly affect climate change and those were two of the largest contributors to the dinosaur's demise.
 

Klaus Peters (8)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 10:04 am
It is very possible, the ice age certainly did make huge changes to the world. Not only to humans but also to our wildlife, many species perished and never recovered.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:12 am
Thank you.
 

Maria Cristina A. (119)
Monday September 9, 2013, 3:59 am
It's a way to look at it. But I think that, if investigators want to generalize it and "make it official" they still need to pay attention to other variables. I think that human routine is too much affected by the climate for me to accept that that was the stresser for the end of those civilizations - I know how I react to pouring rain, scorching heat or freezing cold when we go out to work.
And there's another thing I thought of instantly - not that it has to be a scientific consideration at all - when it's REALLY hot, noone wants to even move, let alone go fighting; that takes too much effort and makes you even hotter, not much of a good deal... :)
 
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