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Climate change linked with rise of world's earliest civilizations, says study

Past changes to the climate that generated increasingly arid conditions for ancient peoples helped to trigger the rise of the earliest civilisations on three continents, a study has found.
The ancient civilisations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, south Asia, China and northern South America all owe some of their initial success to significant changes in rainfall and temperature, climatologist Nick Brooks said on Thursday.

The conventional view of how early civilisations developed is that they benefited from the steady conditions of a predictable period of climate constancy.

However, Brooks, a researcher at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, believes there is mounting evidence to show that past civilisations grew in response to climate change rather than being the result of climate stability.

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