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Old January 15th, 2011, 08:49 AM   #1

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Climate change brought down the Romans?


BBC News - Roman rise and fall 'recorded in trees'
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Old January 15th, 2011, 09:04 AM   #2

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It sounds as accurate as astrology...
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Old January 15th, 2011, 09:08 AM   #3

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Possibly a *little* more accurate than astrology...
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Old January 15th, 2011, 09:21 AM   #4

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Maybe if we heat the globe up enough, the Roman Empire will arise again...
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Old January 15th, 2011, 09:50 AM   #5

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This is hardly a new idea. Expansions and contractions in civilizations have long been linked to climate:
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Old January 15th, 2011, 10:04 AM   #6

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Almost as silly as the lead pipes theory.
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Almost as silly as the lead pipes theory.
The "what" theory?
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Old January 15th, 2011, 10:28 AM   #8

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The "what" theory?
Some people think that the Roman Empire collapsed because the inhabitants all got lead poisoning; most of the plumbing in the major metropolises of the Empire (at least in the west) was made of lead.

A really dumb theory if you ask me.
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Almost as silly as the lead pipes theory.
That was a silly theory, it was Professor Plum in the Billiard Room with the candlestick...
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Old January 15th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #10

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It doesn't sound that unlikely. Animals are affected by their surroundings, the assumption that the climate does not influence human life is ridiculous, all that matters is perspective. The climate obviously didn't bring the empire down, that's just a flashy title to draw attention, however, it doesn't mean that climatic changes at least caused certain demographic problems.
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