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A climate of fear: What the past tells us about human responses to climate change

15 June 2011



Thursday 9 June 2011

Dr Joe Flatman (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Linking in with World Environment Day (5 June 2010), archaeologist Joe Flatman uses ten objects from the British Museum to explore what the past tells us about human responses to climate change. The barrage of conflicting information about climate change can seem insurmountable - a mass of data on a problem too big for any one person to understand or any one community to manage. Archaeology offers a key to unlocking this problem: ancient objects from around the world provide us with insights into how people in the past dealt with, perceived of, responded to and ultimately prospered in changing climates. Archaeology thus also provides analogies for how modern society can face the 'climate challenge' in the 21st century – and beyond.

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