Did Climate Change Cause the Collapse of the Indus Civilization?

Environmental lessons from our Harappan ancestors — in illustrations.

Alizeh Kohari, Safwan Subzwari

November 11, 2020

Did Climate Change Cause the Collapse of the Indus Civilization?
Illustration: Safwan Sabzwari

More than 5,000 years ago, while the Egyptians were building pyramids along the Nile and the Mesopotamians were digging irrigation channels fed by the Tigris and the Euphrates, another civilization flourished along along the Indus, in the region we now know as Pakistan.