The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations


A breakout bestseller on how the earth's earlier international warming section reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Sahara―a wide-ranging heritage with sobering classes for our personal time.

From the 10th to the 15th century the earth skilled an increase in floor temperature that modified weather worldwide―a preview of ultra-modern international warming. In a few components, together with western Europe, longer summers introduced bountiful harvests and inhabitants development that ended in cultural flowering. within the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections throughout hundreds of thousands of miles as they traded useful iron items. Polynesian sailors, driving new wind styles, have been capable of settle the remotest islands in the world. yet in lots of components of the area, the nice and cozy centuries introduced drought and famine. complicated societies in western and valuable the US collapsed, and the colossal development complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatán have been left empty. The background of the nice Warming of a part millennium in the past means that we may possibly but be underestimating the ability of weather swap to disrupt our lives today―and our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the "silent elephant within the room."

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