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Roman rise and fall 'recorded in trees'

January 19, 2011 | Comment icon 5 comments



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Scientists link changes in our climate with the rise and fall of civilizations throughout history.
While we seldom think about weather affecting our history scientists have found that tree growth rings not only document the changes in our climate but parallel the changes in our history. Evidence has been found that links drastic climatological changes documented in the growth rings of trees with the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.
A team of researchers based their findings on data from 9,000 wooden artifacts from the past 2,500 years. They found that periods of warm, wet summers coincided with prosperity, while political turmoil occurred during times of climate instability.


Source: BBC News | Comments (5)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by angi chiesa 11 years ago
lucky Australia,they are have a very warm and wet summer.The rest of us have climate instability.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jessicat 11 years ago
Well, that makes sense. Bad weather does p*** a lot of people off.
Comment icon #3 Posted by me-wonders 11 years ago
I think we have always assumed climate problems, lead to food problems, and disease problems, and people moving around. People moving around often leading to conditions of war and more people moving, but it is nice to be able to validate such things, and have a clearly picture of the past. It might also improve our opinion of humanity, to understand why civilizations fail, and why people engage in war, then we can better use reason to avoid problems in the future.
Comment icon #4 Posted by questionmark 11 years ago
Well, that makes sense. Bad weather does p*** a lot of people off. In a world without fertilizers and agrochemistry bad weather means your standard of living decreases, and that p***es off many more.
Comment icon #5 Posted by questionmark 11 years ago
I think we have always assumed climate problems, lead to food problems, and disease problems, and people moving around. People moving around often leading to conditions of war and more people moving, but it is nice to be able to validate such things, and have a clearly picture of the past. It might also improve our opinion of humanity, to understand why civilizations fail, and why people engage in war, then we can better use reason to avoid problems in the future. Mostly it leads to food problems, malnourished people are more prone to disease and more likely to go find a place where pastures a... [More]


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