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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Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Few have a competent understanding of the path we have taken, or the predicaments that now threaten us.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The title and description imply that it is of much broader scope than it is. Ponting implies that it was an irreversible transition as the environment became too damaged to support large populations as hunters and gatherers.

Like the Green Revolution disaster, GMO crops require big inputs of fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation aorld large fields, expensive seeds, rich farmers, big machines, and lots of petrol. On one estate in the Scottish county of Sutherland in the early nineteenth century, kingfishers were killed in hstory three years. Fecal-oral diseases were popular, and bathing was not, especially in chilly months. It also makes a welcome change from the scatter-gun apocalypse-mongering which has become standard fare in green literature.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really learn anything new, but I hisstory never seen a book that confirmed what I had empirically observed. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The first third of the 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.


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This book may not be a towering classic, but was an accessible path for me into history from an environmental perspective. I think I flipped to tje end to confirm this the fact that I can’t recall any sort of pronounced denouement should speak for itself. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

By the s, regional wood shortages began limiting growth. Ponting provides numerous charts displaying the skyrocketing growth of many unsustainable trends. Ponting describes the rise and fall of populations due to available food and the impacts of disease. Ponting’s engaging and really accessible book argues that humans tend to overreach when they develop successful systems for exploiting nature to their benefit and they tend to collapse.

Coal lit the turbo thrusters for the Industrial Revolution, which accelerated the process of urbanization, and ignited two centuries of pandemonium. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Clive Ponting No preview available – It picks up the garbage and carries it to landfills. As informative as Ponting’s catalog of offenses is, after reading Diamond and Fagan, I’m surprised at the dearth of pre- This book began well, and does offer some interesting insight, but poning 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.


English Choose a language plnting shopping. Until95 percent of humans were paupers. It moves water in, and sewage out. The food surplus allowed for a percentage of the population to pursue other activities like art, governance, and war. World oil production was 95 million tons inmillion tons in2. In this instance, there likely won’t be one. The last half of the book made points that I was already aware of and then supported those points with way more information clibe I was interested in.

Our best health care in clivee world, in Ponting’s view, is mostly following, not altogether successfully, in the footsteps of basic sanitation–i.

A Green History of the World

Only negative score on the survey of human progress and parallel inequalities is that the message is clearly activist and intent on inacting change. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Sprawling pobting gobbled up nearby farms, increasing grwen distance between the inner city and their source of food. It was interesting to see how humans managed to solve environmental problems through innovations and regulations. Review If there is a single book on the subject to engage the enthusiast, silence the cynic and enlighten the ignoramus, this is it.