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2017 was one of three warmest years on record, international report confirms

The fall of the Maya civilization was bloody and worsened by a terrible drought

During the fall of the Maya civilization over 1,000 years ago, kings were killed in public, captives were taken hostage, and in one notably violent event in the city of Aguateca, Maya fled their homes during a surprise assault, without time to even grab their belongings.

Though warfare can’t be ignored, the toppling of the classic Maya civilization — renown for its massive stone temples and astronomical observatories — is believed to have another formidable culprit: crippling drought. And for the first time, scientists have deduced just how severe this centuries-long drought may have been….

 

2017 was one of three warmest years on record, international report confirms

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Front cover of the 2017 State of the Climate report. (Courtesy of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society or BAMS )

It’s official: 2017 was the third-warmest year on record for the globe, behind 2016 (first) and 2015, according to the 28th annual State of the Climate report. The planet also experienced record-high greenhouse gas concentrations as well as rises in sea level….

 

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