Ancient Mayans caused their own ‘climate change,’ shocking study says
A surprising new study suggests that ancient Mayans may have inadvertently caused their own demise by radically altering the climate.
The research looks at newly found evidence in Belize that shows the Mayans responded to increases in population and environmental pressures by creating canals and wetlands. They also had regular “burn events” while farming their lands, which may have caused a rise in carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere.
“We now are beginning to understand the full human imprint of the Anthropocene in tropical forests,” said the study’s lead author, Tim Beach, in a…