Did climate change collapse ancient civilizations?

Did climate change cause these ancient civilizations to collapse?

Drought is the great enemy of human civilization. Drought deprives us of the two things necessary to sustain life–food and water. When the rains stop and the soil dries up, cities die and civilizations collapse, as people abandon lands no longer able to supply them with the food and water they need to live. While the fall of a great empire is usually due to a complex set of causes, drought has often been identified as the primary culprit or a significant contributing factor in a surprising number of such collapses. Drought experts Justin Sheffield and Eric Wood of Princeton, in their 2011 book, Drought, identify more than ten civilizations, cultures and nations that probably collapsed, in part, because of drought. — Dr. Jeff Masters, writing in the Ten Civilizations or Nations That Collapsed From Drought

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Scientists documenting the impacts of climate change say it may be a factor in the boom-and-bust cycles of ancient Southwest civilizations in the US. Cliff Palace image courtesy of wunderphotographer Amtnspirit.

 


The Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture in the Southwest U.S. in the 11th – 12th centuries AD. Beginning in 1150 AD, North America experienced a 300-year drought called the Great Drought. This drought has often been cited as a primary cause of the collapse of the ancestral Puebloan (formally called Anasazi) civilization in the Southwest U.S., and abandonment of places like the Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. The Mississippian culture, a mound-building Native American civilization that flourished in what is now the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States, also collapsed at this time. Information courtesy of www.wunderground.com


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Apple Announces 2.2 GW Clean Energy Project in China

Apple’s latest clean energy initiatives include various solar power projects and partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to protect one million acres of Chinese forestland

Apple announces major clean energy projects in China October, 2015.
Apple Inc. announces major clean energy initiatives in China that complement a series of global commitments the company announced earlier this year. Image Credit: Flickr via Miguel Garces

Corporate sustainability is a field that demands a forward-thinking mentality and creative solutions to preserve the planet. For very large global companies, sustainability should be more about developing an ability to scale change far beyond their own organization. Apple is focusing on this larger role with the launch of two major clean energy projects aimed at… Continue reading Apple Announces 2.2 GW Clean Energy Project in China

Sustainable housing as a solution to climate change

Sustainable housing projects must consider their environmental footprint to minimize disruption to the ecosystem and help combat climate change. Image courtesy of www dot oxford-architects dot com
Sustainable housing projects must consider their environmental footprint to minimize disruption to the ecosystem and to help combat climate change in their quest to provide more livable spaces. Image courtesy of www.oxford-architects.com

As long as a house-or the whole community, for that matter-is designed in such a way that it minimizes the negative human impacts on its natural surroundings, the processes that prevail in nature, materials and resources, that a house or community may be regarded as sustainable. Subdivision and Housing and Developers Association (SHDA) national president Armenia… Continue reading Sustainable housing as a solution to climate change

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway to Focus on Renewable Energy

Berkshire Hathaway Sharpens Focus on Renewable Energy Projects

In 2014, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) convened 34 leading companies to create the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles. These companies, which included HP, Facebook, eBay, IKEA, Target, Bloomberg, 3M, P&G, Kaiser Permanente, Intel, Salesforce, Cisco, BD and Staples, became signatories to these principles to spur progress on resolving the challenges… Continue reading Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway to Focus on Renewable Energy

Harvard Business School to Host Program on Corporate Social Responsibility

From October 18-21, 2015, Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education will host Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on the HBS campus in Boston. This program is designed to help executives refocus corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts in ways that benefit society and the business. Continue reading Harvard Business School to Host Program on Corporate Social Responsibility