Climate change 4.2 ka BP most likely responsible for the termination of the Indus valley civilization, study finds

In this post we present selected parts of the very interesting paper titled “Climate change at the 4.2 ka BP termination of the Indus valley civilization and Holocene south Asian monsoon variability“, by M. Staubwasseret al. Continue reading “Climate change 4.2 ka BP most likely responsible for the termination of the Indus valley civilization, study finds”

Worst Mediterranean drought in 900 years has human fingerprints all over it

In a warming world, we expect to see increases in some extreme weather events. The science is pretty clear that in some parts of the world, drought and heat waves have and will continue to increase. In other areas, more severe storms along with precipitation and flooding have increased. Drought, heat waves, and floods are examples of changes to weather and climate patterns that will have costs for human society. Continue reading “Worst Mediterranean drought in 900 years has human fingerprints all over it”

Unusual climate during Roman times plunged Eurasia into hunger and disease

A recent study  indicates that volcanic eruptions in the mid 500s resulted in an unusually gloomy and cold period. A joint research project of the Chronology Laboratory of the Finnish Museum of Natural History and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) suggests that the years 536 and 541-544 CE were very difficult for many people. Continue reading “Unusual climate during Roman times plunged Eurasia into hunger and disease”

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