British historian Clive Ponting did a fantastic amount of research, and . Ponting, Clive, A New Green History of the World: The Environment. Like Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel, Clive Ponting’s book studies the relationship between the environment and human history. A Green History of the World. The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. by Clive Ponting. pages, paperback, Penguin, A Green History.

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I used to think that people would never destroy their home earth intentionally knowing quite well their children and children’s children would be faced with a bleak existence. Leprosy came from the water buffalo. Ponting histoory cautionary tales of the collapse of early civilizations due to environmental deterioration. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

People often forget their own history, rarely look past themselves and so few are really in the position to do anything anyway so they shut down.

No corpse was buried in usable garments. The Technology Fairy also appears impotent to accelerate the crop yield gains necessary for feeding the projected mob in 50 years see Cribb and Bourne. His book contains many interesting facts that may be useless, but nevertheless interesting. My only problem with this book is addressed by the author in the beginning – it offers no solutions, only Very, very thorough – this would make a great textbook for a class on environment and world development.

Particularly interesting information on how some well-known civilizations like Rome, Easter Island, and even the fabled Atlantis may have brought about their own doom by damaging their environment. I will remember this book only because this story. I am sorry to report that I personally know people who have elders who would joyfully take a kidney shortening their child’s young life an additional ten to twenty years if it meant they could live another day. It was interesting to see how humans managed to solve environmental problems through innovations and regulations.

Jun 13, Loren rated it it was amazing Shelves: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


A Green History of the World: The Environment & the Collapse of Great Civilizations

Kind vlive a People’s History of the World, but from an environmental perspective. Industries making glass, ceramics, bricks, and metals rapidly obliterated forests. British historian Clive Ponting did a fantastic amount of research, and then refined it into a very readable, mind-altering page book a silver bullet cure for folks suffering from denial. Review quote If there is a single book on the subject to engage the enthusiast, silence the cynic and enlighten the ignoramus, this is it.

Somehow, in this instance, they instead play to each other’s strengths to create a tome of rare quality, depth and relevance to our times. By the s, regional wood shortages began limiting growth.

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The incredible filth attracted countless trillions of flies that took great delight in spreading typhoid. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The author selects the most common, well-known examples boring, old information for his chapters – it would have been nice to read about something else besides the usual whales and passenger pigeons. Will we transcend the barriers that previous societies did not?

He shows, for example, how the fall grewn Rome has particular and vital importance for our modern histogy civilization. I didn’t learn much new “stuff”, which is the whole point of reading books like this. The food surplus allowed for a percentage of the population to pursue other activities like art, governance, and war.

Ponting provides numerous charts displaying the skyrocketing growth of many unsustainable trends. We’ve been bought and sold so long it’s all we know how to be. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive?

It doesn’t try to present an overarching thesis that it can back up with this data, nor does it suggest ways in which the present ecological degradation can be reversed. Ponting substantially revised the book in Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. By the early twentieth century, Britain and France each had about 3.


Is it any wonder that the atmosphere is having convulsions?

What Is Sustainable: A New Green History of the World

Jan 25, Regan Norris rated it it was ok Shelves: It spans the two million year saga of our hominid ancestors, devoting most attention to the last 12, years, the era of thunder footprints. Really tough to read the wofld thing straight through.

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It is basically a good book for reference use if you want to wrtie sth about huma page is really too long and tedious to read. So seeing Greek islands rendered barren from grazing sheep and goats, is was no stretch to imagine the earlier hishory destroying their environments without any concern or awareness.

He did not include the obligatory chapter of brilliant solutions.

This should be one of the primers in any student’s basic history and environmental studies readings. The Sunday IndependentLondon. Apr 01, Nemo rated it it was ok. Few places could afford even rudimentary sanitation services.

Both cities had to switch from horse power to fossil power. A good editor would also have caught matters such as neutral pH being given as 6. By the s, regional wood shortages began limiting growth. Oct hisrory, Mrs. Although I was basically born an environmentalist, the books I read at this time in my life formed the foundation of my thinking.

The nascent of the military industrial complex, the Green Revolution and the building of a flat world Friedman “The World is Flat” of histor go off without a hitch. Ponting argues for a higher sensitivity to the finite nature of our resources and the catastrophic impact on our modern world, should we continue to squander those resources. I think I flipped to the end to confirm this the fact that I can’t recall any sort of pronounced denouement should speak for itself.