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Implications for Old World Civilizations due to Human-Climate-Environment Interactions

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The Harappan civilization was a flourishing civilization in the Indian subcontinent over 3900 years ago. However, it rapidly fell into decline for reasons largely unknown. Environmental change is hypothesized as one of the many reasons. Examples of the others are the migration of the River Saraswati, mismanagement of resources, enemy invasion and tectonic activities. I aim to study whether environmental change was indeed the reason by reconstructing the palaeoclimatic history of the region. This research will shed light on the nature of the patterns interrelating climate and civilizational activities. Such research would give a holistic and historically comprehensive understanding of anthropogenic impact on the climate.The insights gained can be used in chalking out plans and strategies to repair and better Man’s relationship with Mother Earth.

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