A New Green History Of The World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
Like Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, Clive Ponting's book studies the relationship between the environment and human history. 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.
This new edition of Clive Ponting's international bestseller has been revised, expanded and updated. 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.
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Review: A New Green History of the WorldUser Review - Nick Mather - Goodreads
This is an important, disturbing, and compelling book. Ponting provides a history of the world that illustrates nely 10,000 years of environmental degradation caused by humans. The writing is free from rhetoric and based solely on an abundance of facts making it next to impossible to ignore. Read full review
Review: A New Green History of the WorldUser Review - Greg Sumers - Goodreads
Fascinating outline of man's cultural evolution and how it has been built upon the utilization of natural resources of the planet. The theme of extreme increase in this expansion in last 200 years ... Read full review