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Climate Change Incited Wars Among the Classic Maya

A new study of the relationship between climate change and clashes among the Classic Maya explicitly links temperature increases with growing conflicts.

Published On 03/31/2017
1:18 PM EDT
Polychrome vase decorated with eleven figures involved in battle. Late Classic Maya period, 600 900 AD. | Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images
"Small year-to-year changes in climate can result in large, negative effects over the long term. This is a problem for us humans, because most of us are oriented towards the short term.”