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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We need to be able to relate our local surroundings to the historical misuse our ancestors practiced in order to avoid the same mistakes.
A New Green History Of The World : Clive Ponting :
Ponting reminds us that: It isn’t a “green history of the world” in a catholic sense, but a history of modern human exploitation of the world. Ponting describes the rise and fall of populations due to available food and the impacts of disease.
The family of life is paying a terrible price for our ongoing ignorance of environmental history. This book could have been interesting and so much better, but I found it boring and outdated. The Foundations of History. Smallpox is very similar to cowpox and measles is related to rinderpest another cattle disease and canine distemper.
Particularly interesting information on how some well-known civilizations like Rome, Easter Island, and even the fabled Atlantis may have brought about their own doom by damaging their environment. Bed was a heap of straw. The text worlx a number of shortcomings that would ordinarily conspire to produce no more than a mediocre work.
It’s much longer, discusses many more of the book’s subjects, tge is a pleasure to read. Every student in every nation should take a class based on this book, every year. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Yet they were unable to devise a system that allowed them to find the right balance with their environment.
A New Green History Of The World : The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
The first parts of the book discussing what we know of the oldest civilizations were fascinating, and the perspective it gave by covering human civilization from the hunter and gatherer period all the way through the early 21st century was just cool. Industries making glass, ceramics, bricks, and metals clvie obliterated forests. Few places could afford even rudimentary sanitation services. Dec 28, DavidJsays rated it liked it.
Cllve 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. I thought the book was very educational about world history and what the effects of society development had on the planet. The Technology Fairy cannot give us the magic beans needed to remove the carbon from our emissions. I expect proper references. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.
More horses were needed to haul more goods. The first third of histoy book is incredibly boring and tedious I put the book down to read 5 other books before picking it up again and forcing myself to finish it.
To view it, click here. Published April 1st by Penguin first published Until95 percent of humans were paupers. This should be one of the primers in any student’s basic history and environmental studies readings.
Want to Read hlstory. The main thesis of the book is that there were two great transformations in human society the invention of agriculture and then the predominant use of non-renewable resources and fossil fuels to obtain our energy needs that have had huge impacts on the environmental degradatio Clive Ponting tackles the challenge of telling world history through the lens of environmentalism.
With the calm and objective voice of a venerable professor, Ponting lifts readers far above the intense roaring madness that we consider normal. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Food surplus allowed for urbanization and a growth in population. People often forget their own history, rarely look past themselves and so few are really in the position to do anything anyway so they shut down. Hte oil production was 95 million tons inmillion tons in2. World oil production was 95 million tons inmillion tons in2.
Only negative score on the survey of human historyy and parallel inequalities is that the message ot clearly activist and intent on inacting change. The ObserverLondon A welcome change from the scatter-gun apocalypse-mongering which has become standard fare in green literature.
Our global society is now embarked on an incomparably massive resource extraction. Ponting provides a history of the world that illustrates nely 10, years of environmental degradation caused by wolrd. Looking for beautiful books?
It forces the individual reader to take on this incessant guilt in their individual responsibility throughout history rather than the acceptance that really smart, greedy, powerful people knew certain things and made sure to manipulate the masses accordingly even to their own demise.
The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. Industrial agriculture is getting gray and wrinkled, its best days behind it. My only problem with this book is addressed by the author in the beginning – it offers no solutions, only Very, very thorough – this would make a great textbook for a class on environment and world development.
Destructive environmental behaviour today takes place on a much larger scale than ever before and the consequences thr be correspondingly greater. Ponting describes how exhaustion of the resources to which they had access doomed many human societies. Another influential read for me.