Solving a 4,000-year-old archaeological mystery, researchers have found that climate change may be responsible for the abrupt collapse of civilisation on the fringes of the Tibetan Plateau around 2000 BC.
After several failed attempts to negotiate the tough terrain of the Tibetan plateau, farming cold-tolerant barley helped humans adapt to year-round living at higher altitudes some 3,600 years ago, says a new research.
In an alarming discovery, a comprehensive environmental assessment of the Tibetan Plateau has found that the region is getting hotter, wetter and more polluted, threatening its fragile eco-systems and those who rely on them.
A new study suggests that the advance and retreat of the ice sheets millions of years ago had a profound influence in the evolution and geographic distribution of many animals, including those that live today in the Arctic regions.
Glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in western China have shrunk by 15 per cent over the past three decades and the situation could worsen in future due to global warming, according to Chinese scientists.