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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What Is Sustainable: A New Green History of the World
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.
Books by Clive Ponting. It isn’t a “green history of the world” in a catholic sense, but a history of modern human exploitation of the world.
This is basically a textbook. Industries making glass, ceramics, bricks, and metals rapidly obliterated forests.
I have not read the earlier version of this greeen, and so cannot make comparisons, but much of the book is so well written, and other parts so badly, that it feels as if the earlier version was very well edited, and then the updates were inserted on a word processor. New York City was second with 2. Posted by What Is Sustainable at 3: Rather it is a striking example of the dependence of human societies on their environment and of the consequences of irreversibly damaging that environment.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Ponting’s focus is interesting because it highlights the variety of ways in which human activity had an impact on the environment and how different societies managed to organize sustainable ressource extraction with different degrees z success.
Like the Green Revolution disaster, GMO crops require big inputs of fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation — large fields, expensive seeds, rich farmers, big machines, and lots of petrol.
These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Want to Read saving…. His book contains many interesting facts that may be useless, but nevertheless interesting.
We need to be able to relate our local surroundings to the grren misuse our ancestors practiced in order to avoid the same mistakes.
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A Green History of the World: The Environment & the Collapse of Great Civilizations
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.
The first negative aspect that stood out for me was the book’s dry academic tone. Another influential read for histor. I confess that I stopped fifty pages before the end in fatigue.
It means there’s notable intentional omissions that only people educated in the order of technological discoveries in the United States would even realize were censored.
A Green History of the World
I also expect new references as well as old references. Can the collapses of previous societies provide clues to what is happening today? The incredible filth attracted countless trillions of flies that took great delight in spreading typhoid. Untilmost people travelled on foot. 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.
Tuberculosis originated in cattle as did diphtheria.
The first third of the book is incredibly boring and tedious I put the book down to read 5 other books before hsitory it up again and forcing myself to finish it. High school history textbooks should focus on this information more than the characters involved in the growth of western civilization. Why else do we tell them to eat their vegetables, fasten their seat belts and wash their hands.
I recognized the signs I had grown up recognizing in the American Southwest.
A New Green History Of The World : Clive Ponting :
Reading about yet another instance of human population growth outstripping its food supply, yet another way in which we pollute the earth, or yet another animal species that we have exterminated is painful, but imparts on the current environmental problems a sense oc magnitude that a mere polemic cannot give. I cannot recommend this book as a pleasant reading experience, but I unreservedly recommend it as an eye-opening one. Few places could afford even rudimentary sanitation services.
It was a wonderland for rats, wworld, flies, lice, and infectious diseases.
Our global society is now embarked on an incomparably massive resource extraction.