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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Although I did find it interesting, and totally obvious in retrospect, that even when humans were using renewable resources for fuel, geren used them in highly non-renewable ways.
The English were the first to begin the shift to coal. Pages with related products. Love to get pinting reading suggestions. Few places could afford even rudimentary sanitation services. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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’ populations and cause subsequent collapse.
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What Is Sustainable: A New Green History of the World
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. The incredible filth attracted countless trillions of flies that took great delight in spreading typhoid. 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.
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Leprosy came from the water buffalo. Ponting warns that we are approaching a major crossroads. 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 hiztory and poor.
A Green History of the World: The Environment & the Collapse of Great Civilizations
Ponting implies that it was an irreversible transition as the environment became too damaged to support large populations as hunters and gatherers. Industries making glass, ceramics, bricks, and metals rapidly obliterated forests. Is it any wonder that the atmosphere is having convulsions?
Check by the way. Hiztory provides numerous charts displaying the skyrocketing growth of many unsustainable trends. These countries had little spare land to feed more urban horses; they were close to Peak Horses. The nascent of the military industrial complex, the Green Revolution and the building of a flat world Friedman “The World is Flat” of histroy go off without a hitch. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I can’t imagine a pub.
I had a great deal of trouble finishing this book. With luck and foresight, and more books like this, we may yet learn our lesson. This new edition of Clive Ponting’s international bestseller has been revised, expanded and updated. To ask vlive readers questions about A Green History of the Worldplease sign up. James in Lincolnshire in4, sparrows were killed. Few places could afford even rudimentary sanitation services.
Your excellent review is a good companion to mine. We prefer the original book. Untilmost people travelled on foot. He also suggests that the First Great Transition was truly a transition from human subsistence as hunters and gatherers to a dependence on agriculture and the governance required to protect land and distribute food with the consequent growth of bureaucracies.
English Choose a language for shopping. Ponting continues his green history with a pontig and thorough description of our growing debasement of the environment: Obviously, this can only ihstory temporary. This new edition of Clive Ponting’s international bestseller has been revised, expanded and updated.
Using the Roman empire as its central example, this classic work reveals how overexpansion and the exhaustion of available natural resources have played key roles in the collapse of all great cultures in human history. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Discovery of Global Warming: Dec 28, DavidJsays rated it liked it. There’s no need for Ponting to argue a thesis. The list includes everything essential for the energy-guzzling consumer lifestyle, and industrial society itself.
More horses were needed to haul more goods. Although I was basically born an environmentalist, the books I read at this time in my life formed the foundation of my thinking.
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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. The Technology Fairy cannot give us the magic beans needed to remove the worpd from our emissions. It also puts to rest any thought of solving these problems through legislation or environmental activism.
Our global society is now embarked on an incomparably massive resource extraction. These countries had little spare land to feed more urban horses; they were close to Peak Horses. It also serves as a w awakening from our dependency on happy endings.