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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With urbanization, the privileged class grew — folks who could afford horses, stables, carriages, and feed. Both cities had to switch from horse power to fossil power. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

I expect proper references. It is hard to imagine anyone, after reading this book, seriously arguing that the western lifestyle and especially the American lifestyle can be sustained much longer. 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. The independent city states survived until BC when the first external conqueror of the region– Sargon of Agade–established the Akkadian empire.

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With an argument of urgent relevance to our modern society, A Green History of the World offers a provocative and illuminating view of human history and its relationship to the environment. Changes in the Land: Byhorses plopped 10 million tons grwen fragrant manure on British streets each year.

Ponting describes the rise and fall of populations due to available food and the impacts of disease. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Ending on such a desolate note is all too likely to leave the reader feeling helplessly depressed over our inevitable self-destruction.

A Green History of the World

The writing is free from rhetoric and based solely on an abundance of facts making it next thee impossible to ignore. Ponting does not propose solutions. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In warm grern weather, the breezes carried manure dust for all to inhale.


Like the first great transition, the second appears irreversible as we rely on fossil energy to augment a diminishing and polluted natural environment. The incredible filth attracted countless trillions of flies that took great delight in spreading typhoid.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I have not read the earlier version of this book, 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.

It powers farms, ships, air travel, factories, mines, refineries, lighting, communication systems, and on and on. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. About BC roughly equal amounts of wheat and barley were grown in southern Mesopotamia. The book is informative and interesting, but I found it dry and clinical, with an overemphasis on numbers and percentages.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To view it, click here. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I had to work for my bananas not reallyscrew him! I did a lot of skimming here. One pattern that emerges from the book is human capacity for sticking our heads in the sand as the world burns and continuing with business as usual well past the point where corrective action was urgently needed.

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ByTokyo had And as Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest explains, there is a deep tie between environmentalism and human rights for that reason. Clive Ponting is the author of several books on world history. Most of the “Further Reading” section lists books written in the s. 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 tge.


It would however be a much more enjoyable read if the author had chosen to leave out some repetitive examples such as “between 17XX and 18XX the population of species x on the island of y declined from Well that just had to be another story! Additionally, the narrative takes on a repetitive, heavy-handed tone after breen while, which becomes the intellectual equivalent of a wall of sound, drowning out pertinent details.

The book was incredibly informative and did a good job making its argument. Smallpox is very similar to cowpox and measles is related to rinderpest another cattle disease and canine distemper. Until95 percent of humans were paupers. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

It simply chronicles the impact on nature that various civilisations have made through the history. Ponting warns that we are approaching a major crossroads.

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

At the end of the book, the author mostly just summarizes the main points he made throughout without offering any call to action as most environmental books do. More horses were needed to haul more food over more miles. What must we do in order to protect our planet and all the Earthlings that depend on it?