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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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The rest gets a bit better, but not much. Few have a competent understanding of the path we have taken, or the predicaments that pontiing threaten us. It is the story of a people who, starting from an extremely limited resource base, constructed one of the most advanced societies in the world for the technology they had available. Vintage Books- Climate and civilization – pages.

Consequently, villages and towns remained small, yistory to their food supply. It will disintegrate, sooner or later. Add both to Cart Add both to List. New York City had to remove 15, dead horses annually.

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It picks up the garbage and carries it to landfills. The first negative aspect that stood out for me was the book’s dry academic tone. It is needed to move hiistory from home to work, and from the ground floor to the thirtieth. The nascent of the military industrial complex, the Green Revolution and the building of a flat world Friedman “The World is Flat” of globalization go off without a hitch.

Destructive environmental behaviour today takes place on a much larger scale than ever before and the consequences will be correspondingly greater. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive?

It examines world civilisations from Sumeria to ancient Egypt, from Easter Island to the Roman Empire and it argues that human beings 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’ cclive and cause subsequent collapse.

Destructive environmental behaviour today takes place on a scale much greater than in previous times, and the results will be similarly multiplied. Until95 percent of humans were paupers.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. To make the coming decades even more exciting, climate change is knocking on the door, stopping by to collect our staggering karmic debts.


It just so happened to be Islam. Dec 16, Miquixote rated it really liked it Shelves: It is needed to move folks from home to work, and from the ground floor to the thirtieth. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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

The Technology Fairy cannot poting us the magic beans needed to remove the carbon from our emissions. The English were the first to begin the shift to coal.

In an age of specialization, the author provides a much-needed and brilliant general overview of man’s impact on the planet. For instance, in a later chapter that Hietory skimmed early on, he talks about epidemics and sickness. It was just plain tedious. I cannot recommend this book as a pleasant reading experience, but I unreservedly recommend it as an eye-opening one.

Their streets were jammed with slow chaotic histiry traffic, close to capacity, with little room for more. Having visited the entire Mediterranean area and Middle East I saw the signs of historic deforestation and overgrazing and bad agricultural practices.

Required book for Environmental Sociology For example, when he states that, in energy efficiency, “The United States is still 60 per cent less efficient than Italy and Japan”, he needs a citation to support the statement.

I certainly do not regret buying the book, which has given me a much broader understanding of our present problems and the way we got where we are he is particularly strong on the impact of colonialism and its modern-day successors – but if you want to engage in serious debate with proponents of “business as usual” you will need many more hard facts to make your case.

It is very difficult to walk away from this book thinking that our civilisation is anywhere but on the course to total collapse triggered by the breakdown of the biosphere that supports us.

As informative oonting Ponting’s catalog of offenses is, after reading Diamond and Fagan, I’m surprised at the dearth of pre- This book began well, and does offer some interesting insight, but while I anticipated a lot more reconstructions via archaeology of historical situations, what I got was mostly an indictment of colonialism and imperialism, for its exploitative practices in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as the post-colonial fallout of the later 20th and early 21st centuries.


More horses were needed to haul more food over more miles. To ask other readers questions about A Green History of the Worldplease sign up. I am sorry to report that Pponting personally know people who have elders poning 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.

This may seem like nit-picking, but I had to yistory to get through the beginning of the book, and then was rewarded by the much higher quality later on. The author also goes into briefly the huge impacts of colonialism and how the impacts are still a huge part of our planet these days in terms of which countries are developed, and which segments of the population are rich and poor.

Since the dawn of agriculture, humans have pretty much been doing all they can cive exploit the planet for maximum gain although with relatively good intentions – namely to feed, clothe and shelter people. James in Lincolnshire in4, sparrows were clve. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Influenza is common to humans, pigs and birds and the common cold came from the horse. Your excellent review is a good companion to mine.

World oil production was 95 million tons inmillion tons in2.

This is an immensely valuable analysis, but Pknting think that it is a 5-star topic hiding within a 3-star book. This might be a bitter pill for some to swallow, but I believe a necessary one.

Until95 percent of humans were paupers. I expect proper references.

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But our reptilian brains have only evolved so much. With luck and foresight, and more books like this, we may yet learn our lesson. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

See and discover other items: So seeing Greek islands ggeen 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.