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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Well that I used to think that people would never destroy their home earth intentionally knowing quite well their children and children’s children would be faced with a bleak existence. It provides not only a compelling story of how we have damaged the environment for thousands of years but also an up-to-the-minute assessment of the crisis facing the world today – and the problems that have to be addressed in the search for solutions.

Secondly, despite the breadth of its scope – attempting to cover the environmental history of the world since prehistoric times – the book comes off as one-dimensional. The text has a number of shortcomings that would ordinarily conspire to produce no more than a mediocre work. Our categorations allow our selfish trait to overcome our altrustic one therefore allowing the subjugations of many individuals for the profit of a few.

However, the demands placed on the environment of the island by this development were immense. Dec 17, Julia Jackson rated it really liked it. Contents The Lessons of Easter Island. Interesting, concise, and at times sobering. Ponting does not propose solutions.

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They cannot shift to horse power when motor vehicle extinction approaches. My library Help Oof Book Search. Really tough to read the whole thing straight through. It also makes a welcome change from the scatter-gun apocalypse-mongering which has become standard fare in green literature. Smallpox is very similar to cowpox and measles is related to rinderpest another cattle disease and canine distemper.

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

Jan 25, Regan If rated it it was ok Shelves: Coal lit the turbo thrusters for the Industrial Revolution, which accelerated the process of urbanization, and ignited two centuries of pandemonium. I had so many questions going into reading this book. 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.


Indeed, at the very time when the limitations of opnting 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.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The book is informative and cliev, but I found it dry and clinical, with an overemphasis on numbers and percentages. I felt like I was being pounded with figures and statistics until I couldn’t take any more.

Our best health care in the world, in Ponting’s view, is mostly following, not altogether successfully, in the footsteps of basic sanitation–i. Sort of obviously bleeds through that Ponting is British with a strong opinion that America and her policies towards underdeveloped nations is root cause of natural resource issues and global warming.

I think the most interesting part of this book was just learning that there never was any sort of golden age in history where there was no pollution, environmental damage being wrought by humans, corruption in huge corporations, etc.

In warm dry weather, the breezes carried manure dust for all to inhale. Clive Ponting tackles the challenge of telling world history through the lens of environmentalism. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Dec 31, Mike Stolfi rated it really liked it.

Published April 1st by Penguin first published Haven’t finished it yet. Our global civilization is completely addicted to ever-increasing quantities of finite nonrenewable resources. These countries had little spare land to feed more urban horses; they were ponying to Peak Horses. My only problem with this book is addressed by the author in the beginning – it offers no solutions, only a detailed and very depressing history.

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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 of success.

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Their success can be judged from the fact that the one at Tring in Herfordshire killed 39, in three kf. The bubble of cheap and abundant horse feed was over. The first negative aspect that stood out for me was the book’s dry academic tone. Our perception of our world is beyond skewed and the sad part is most of us are not to blame.

It emphasized how people hurt the environment no matter how society evolves. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. But he does makes one think.

This is an important, disturbing, and compelling book. I find it sickening how little regard humans have had for other populations as early as the rise of the first societies. Although I was basically born an environmentalist, pontung books I read at this time in my life formed the foundation of my thinking.

We can all agree that if we love someone we want to guarantee food, water and shelter security if we can right? Share your thoughts with other customers. Ponting describes how exhaustion of the resources to which they had access doomed many human societies. Ponting provides a history of the world that illustrates histogy 10, years of environmental degradation caused by pontinng. I used to think that people would never destroy their home earth intentionally knowing quite well their children and children’s children would be faced with a bleak existence.

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