The study of climate change, and realization that the Holocene, previously considered a period of great climatic stability experienced significant and dramatic disturbances, has occasioned new interdisciplinary study of the Maya, one of North and Central America’s great pre-Colombian civilizations. Scientists, anthropologists, archeologists, and historians have reinvigorated efforts to explain their sudden collapse, which took place from approximately 800-1000 CE in a period known as the Terminal Classic.
Climate & the Social Sciences
Humans fight over many things, including mates, money, ideas, religion, and natural resources. A recent study by Hsiang and colleagues asks how climate change might affect the frequency of human conflict.
The authors performed a meta-analysis …
“Stand up if you live in a city. Stay standing and I want you to hold this image of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in your mind. Now, imagine that the early warning sirens have gone off. When you hear the sirens, what do you do? How do you know what to do, where to go?”
In an article upcoming in Nature Climate Change, YCEI Postdoctoral Associate, Jessica Barnes, and Deputy Director of the YCEI, Michael Dove, examine the role that anthropology can play in the study of climate change.