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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We prefer the original book. World oil production was 95 million tons inmillion tons in2.

Our situation with the planet is no different. It comes at a high price in the reader’s labour and nerves, but the clarity of vision with which it illuminates our environmental crisis is well worth it. The incredible filth attracted poonting trillions of flies that took great delight in spreading typhoid.

But our reptilian brains have only evolved so much. The whole book can be summarized by one page. High school history textbooks should focus on this information more than the characters involved in the growth of western civilization.

It moves water in, and sewage out.

The Lessons of Easter Island. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Although it contained too much information, it was to support his thesis, whereas Collapse just started to feel repetive, each chapter proving the same thing over and over. This is basically a textbook. The Affluent Society so hisstory named conventional wisdoms are products of our physiological need to always place all nouns under “us versus them” inspection.

This is an immensely valuable analysis, but I think that it is a 5-star topic hiding within a 3-star book. Our perception of our world is beyond skewed and the sad part is most of us are not to blame. 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 yistory, as well as the post-colonial fallout of the later 20th and early 21st centuries.

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I had a great deal of trouble finishing this book. To make the coming decades even more exciting, climate change is knocking on the door, stopping by to collect our staggering karmic debts. Expecting to be gfeen solutions is a part of that mentality.


Their streets were jammed with slow chaotic clippity-clop traffic, close to capacity, with little room for more. Pages with related products. The Foundations of History.

What must we do in order to protect our planet and all the Earthlings that depend on wotld Dec 17, Julia Jackson rated it really liked it.

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

The editor didn’t do a very good job though, for a second edition there were a lot more typos than I expected. We can all agree that if we love someone we want to guarantee food, water and shelter security if we can right?

I find it sickening how little regard humans have had for other populations as early as the rise of the aa societies. Ponting warns that we are approaching a major crossroads.

What Is Sustainable: A New Green History of the World

Ponting argues for a higher sensitivity to the finite oonting of our resources and the catastrophic impact on our modern world, should we continue to squander those resources. The second transformation is woorld more obvious to those of us living in twenty-first century.

Indeed, at the very time when the limitations of the island must have become starkly apparent, the competition between the clans for the available timber seems to have intensified as more and more statues were carved and moved across the island in an attempt to secure prestige and status.

Nevertheless, the book systematically goes through the different civilizations and documents the specific destructions ravaged upon them.

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

Destructive environmental behaviour today takes place on a much larger scale than ever before and the consequences will be correspondingly greater. Ninetynine per cent of Human History. Apr 01, Nemo rated it it was ok. Sprawling cities gobbled up nearby farms, increasing the distance between the inner city and their source of food. 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.


Additionally, the narrative takes on a repetitive, heavy-handed tone after a while, which becomes the intellectual equivalent of a wall of sound, drowning out pertinent details. This new edition of Clive Ponting’s international bestseller has been revised, expanded and updated. Trivia About A Green History o The ObserverLondon A welcome change from the scatter-gun apocalypse-mongering which has become standard fare in green literature.

With urbanization, the privileged class grew — folks who could afford horses, stables, carriages, and feed. By 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.

I’m fortunate to have learned my lesson from previous reads and go through the Table of Contents before suffering throughout most of this book. Thoroughly reflective and important classic. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of How certain are you of this? The book was incredibly informative and did a good job making its argument. Mobilizing to Save Civilizationamong other sources are probably necessary to stem the tide of destruction, they cannot be sufficient because they don’t address the fundamental factors that have given rise to these problems in the first place – our very outlook on the world and the way it causes us to treat it and each other.

That the book doesn’t suggest what these might be feels reflexively disappointing, but I consider it a strength. It picks up the garbage and carries it to landfills. I also expect new references as well as old clivr. A rather bleak outlook, but realistic nonetheless. For example, world coal production was 10 million tons inmillion tons inand 5 billion tons in Showing of 31 reviews.

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