Climate change led to the collapse of the ancient Indus civilization more than 4,000 years ago, archaeologists believe.
...Dr Liviu Giosan, a geologist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and lead author of the study, said: 'We reconstructed the dynamic landscape of the plain where the Indus civilization developed 5200 years ago, built its cities, and slowly disintegrated between 3900 and 3000 years ago.
After 400 generations of stable weather, the world is on the brink of violent climate change. But there is good news too
...[Fred Pearce] For about 10,000 years, our climate on Earth has been stable. Remarkably stable, in fact. Since the end of the last ice age, we humans have spent 400 generations taking advantage of this stability to build our civilisation.
We have had warm periods and little ice ages; but the changes have been small. We have always known pretty much when it will rain, what the temperature will be each summer and winter, and how high the rivers will flow.
This benign climate is arguably the main reason why our species has been able to progress