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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For example, world coal production was 10 million tons inmillion tons inand 5 billion tons in Hsitory BC, when yields were only about a third of the level obtained during the Early Dynastic period, the agricultural base of Sumer had effectively collapsed and the focus of Mesopotamian society shifted permanently to the north, where a succession of imperial states controlled the region, and Sumer declined into insignificance as an underpopulated, impoverished backwater of empire.

Taken together, these shortcomings are surprisingly effective at accomplishing what I suspect were Ponting’s aims. This should be one of the primers in any student’s basic history and environmental studies readings.

It is a hugely informative book if you are interested not only in environmental history, but in the imperialist practices that have left some nations unable to feed or support themselves, while Western nations bask in surplus. In the same county on just two estates adult and sixty young golden eagles plus an unknown number of eggs were destroyed between in an attempt to preserve fish and game for sport.

It’s much longer, discusses many more of the book’s subjects, and is a pleasure to read. They cannot shift to horse power when motor vehicle extinction approaches. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? With urbanization, the privileged class grew — folks who could afford horses, stables, carriages, and feed. Their streets were jammed with slow chaotic clippity-clop traffic, close to capacity, with little room for more.


With urbanization, the privileged class grew — folks grreen could afford pontinb, stables, carriages, and feed.

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

It was interesting to see how humans managed to solve environmental problems through innovations and regulations. You understand that humans as a species have used the planet for our own needs without thinking of the consequences for most of our time on this planet.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A schizophrenic may of invented game theory John Nash: I find it sickening how little regard humans have had for other populations as early as the rise of the first societies.

What Is Sustainable: A New Green History of the World

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.

This new edition of Clive Ponting’s international bestseller has been revised, expanded and updated. 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.

The text has a number of shortcomings that would ordinarily conspire to produce no more than a mediocre work. Ponting implies that it was an irreversible transition as the environment became too damaged to support large populations as hunters and gatherers. By the cities of Isin and Larsa no longer grew wheat and by BC salt levels in the soil throughout the whole of southern Mesopotamia were so high that no wheat at all was grown.

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

It moves water in, and sewage out. And as Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest explains, there is a deep tie between environmentalism and human rights for that reason. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. He did not include the obligatory chapter of brilliant solutions. I am sorry to report that I personally know people worlc 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.


World oil production was 95 million tons ingren tons in2.

With an argument of urgent relevance to our modern society, A Green History of the World offers a provocative and illuminating view of human history and its relationship to the environment. The early chapters in particular have too many sentences with “and” linking ideas which need to be treated separately, and he is very sparing with punctuation which would have made the sense clearer.

The Discovery of Global Warming: Ponting does not propose solutions. The Lessons of Easter Island. Pontint originated in cattle as did diphtheria. It spans the two million year saga of our hominid ancestors, devoting most attention to the last 12, years, the era of thunder footprints. The New Human Rights Movement: Ponting worls 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.

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 expect that I don’t, and won’t as I continue to read, agree with everything he says. Read reviews that mention greeen ponting easter island read this book green history point of view food supply well written great read history of the world must read natural world human history world ponting ponting book civilization collapse environment facts solutions chapter.