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Can climate shape development? A view through time

CollectionsANU Resources, Environment & Development Group (RE&D)
Title: Can climate shape development? A view through time
Author(s): Haberle, Simon
Keywords: climate
cultural development
El Nino
environmental impact
human society
nature exploiters
New Guinea
wetland agriculture
Pacific Island societies
human cultures
human behaviour
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program (RMAP), Division of Pacific and Asian History, Research School for Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program (RMAP) Working Paper: No. 18
Despite the devastating impact that flooding, drought and fire associated with the 1982-83 and 1997-98 El Niño events had on both the natural environment and human society, there is little information on the impact similar events may have had in the deeper past. Historians and archaeologists have documented catastrophic events in human history from the collapse of great civilisations to the rise of devastating pandemics, that suggest human history has been shaped by extreme events and non-linear processes, many of which we know little about.


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