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Revealed: How climate change ended world’s first great civilisations – Archaeology – S cience – The Independent

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‘Megacities’ of the Indus Valley region of Pakistan and north-west India declined and never recovered because of a dramatic increase in drought conditions, according to new research

David Keys

Archaeology Correspondent

Monday 03 March 2014

The world’s first great civilisations appear to have collapsed because of an ancient episode of climate change – according to new research carried out by scientists and archaeologists.

Their investigation demonstrates that the Bronze Age ‘megacities’ of the Indus Valley region of Pakistan and north-west India declined during the 21st and 20th centuries BC and never recovered – because of a dramatic increase in drought conditions.

The research, carried out by the University of Cambridge and India’s Banaras Hindu University, reveals that a series of droughts lasting some 200 years hit the Indus Valley zone – and was probably responsible for the rapid decline of the great Bronze Age urban civilization of that region.

The findings correlate chronologically with drought evidence found over recent years by other scientists who have examined deposits from the bottom of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman as well as stalactites from caves in North east India and southern Arabia.

It’s now thought likely that the droughts at around that time were partly responsible for the collapse not only of the Indus Valley Civilisation, but also of the ancient Akkadian Empire, Old Kingdom Egypt and possibly Early Bronze Age civilizations in Greece.

“Our evidence suggests that it was the most intense period of drought – probably due to frequent monsoon failure – in the 5000 year-long period we have examined,” said University of Cambridge Palaeoclimate scientist Professor David Hodell.

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Seriously? Kerry tells Russia ‘one doesn’t invade country on phony pretext’

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“YOU JUST DON’T INVADE A COUNTRY ON PHONY PRETEXT IN ORDER TO ASSERT YOUR INTEREST!” Sec John Kerry

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Raw: Keystone Pipeline Protesters Arrested in DC

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McDomination: How Corporations Conquered America and Ruined Our Health

Oxford University Press / By Nicholas Freudenberg
The corporate class now holds a staggering level of power in Washington — and we’ve all paid the price.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Vytautas Kielaitis   ebruary 28, 2014 |
The following is an excerpt from Nicholas Freudenberg’s new book, Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health (Oxford University Press, 2014). Reprinted here with permission.

This book excerpt originally appeared on Salon.com.

On August 23, 1971, Lewis Powell sent a confidential memo to his friend Eugene Sydnor, Jr., the director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The memo was both a call to arms and a battle plan for a business response to its growing legion of opponents. Powell was a corporate lawyer, a former president of the American Bar Association, and a board member of eleven corporations, including Philip Morris and the Ethyl Corporation, a company that made the lead for leaded gasoline. Powell had also represented the Tobacco Institute, the research arm of the tobacco industry, and various tobacco companies. Later that year, President Richard Nixon would nominate Powell to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served for fifteen years.

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Growing Concerns At Washington State Hanford Nuclear Waste Storage Site


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