of the edition of A Green History of the World (then out of print) for the We owe Clive Ponting a debt of gratitude for his pioneering historical study. 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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His statistics are bountiful and his reasoning is lucid. Awarding this book five stars has come as somewhat of a surprise to me. I wish he would have used some notes. For example, white bread has no fiber in it, and historically it was only produced when there was poonting shortage of grain.

What Is Sustainable: A New Green History of the World

This is basically a textbook. How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Taken together, these shortcomings are surprisingly effective at accomplishing what I suspect were Ponting’s aims.

Read more Read less. It provides not only a compelling story of how we have damaged the environment for thousands of years but also an up-to-the-minute assessment of the crisis facing the world t. Does he deserve a banana hand out anyway? I’ve come across far too many people who wlrld refrain from looking at the facts right in front of them because they know full well that doing so would disturb the comforts of their aorld lives.


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No trivia or quizzes yet. It examines world civilisations from Sumeria to ancient Egypt, from Easter Island to the Roman Empire and it argues that human ponnting have repeatedly built societies that have grown and prospered by exploiting the Earth’s resources, only to expand to the point where those resources could no longer sustain the societies’ populations and cause subsequent collapse.

A Green History of the World

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. This should be required reading as much as school world maps should be changed to the Peter’s Map.

The ObserverLondon A welcome change worpd the scatter-gun apocalypse-mongering which has become standard fare in green literature.

Coal lit the turbo thrusters for the Industrial Revolution, which accelerated the process of urbanization, and ignited two centuries of pandemonium. The incredible filth attracted countless trillions of flies that took great delight in spreading typhoid. About BC roughly equal amounts of wheat and barley were grown in southern Mesopotamia.

For example, world coal production was 10 million tons inmillion tons inand 5 billion tons in Clive Ponting documents the history of humanity beginning with Easter Island and ending in modern day. There is a “Guide to Further Reading” but that doesn’t really help very much. Their streets were jammed with slow chaotic clippity-clop traffic, close to capacity, with little room for more.

Ninetynine per cent of Human History. In the case of agriculture, the use of land for crops led to deforestation, the creation of highly unusable land after too much irrigation led to massive salinization of the soil, and disease as people lived in close quarters with domesticated animals.

It is needed to move folks from home to work, and from the ground floor to the thirtieth.


A New Green History Of The World : The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations

I find it sickening how little regard humans have had for other populations as early as the rise of the first societies. The Best Books of Leprosy came from the water buffalo. So seeing Greek islands rendered barren from grazing sheep and goats, is was no stretch to imagine the earlier civilizations destroying their env Unfortunately, I didn’t really learn anything new, but I had never seen a book that confirmed what I had empirically observed. Will we transcend the barriers that previous societies did not?

Clive Ponting tackles the challenge of telling world history through the lens of environmentalism. This book, calmly and sanely, argues for an increased realization of the finite nature of our resources, and the impact on our world should we continue squandering those resources. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Every student in every nation should take a class based on this book, every year. The main thesis of the book is that there were two great transformations in human society the invention of agriculture and then the predominant use of non-renewable resources and fossil fuels to obtain our energy needs that have had huge impacts on the environmental degradatio Clive Ggreen tackles the challenge of telling world history through the lens of environmentalism.

We are aware of the environmental and social impacts of relying on non-renewable resources for our energy.