Future of the Environment

How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

An ancient artefact from the Iraq Museum in Baghdad Image: REUTERS/ Petr Josek Snr

Vasile Ersek

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle

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The Akkad empire during the reign of Narâm-Sîn (2254-2218 BC). Mount Damavand is labelled in blue. Image: Zunkir / Semhir / wiki, CC BY-SA
Sargon of Akkad – or maybe his son, Naram-Sin. Image: Iraqi Directorate General of Antiquities / wiki

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Mount Damavand is a ‘potentially active’ volcano, and the highest peak in Iran. Gol-e-Zard Cave is nearby. Image: Vasile Ersek,Author provided

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Future of the EnvironmentClimate ChangeAdvanced MaterialsMiddle East and North Africa

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