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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British historian Clive Ponting did a fantastic amount of research, and then refined it into a very readable, mind-altering page book a silver bullet cure for folks suffering from denial. I had so many questions going into reading this book.

When it could no longer withstand the pressure, the society that had been painfully built up over the previous thousand years fell with it. This also led to a rapid increase in population, urbanization, colonialism, extinction and homogenization of plant and animals, and, led to society as we know it today.

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Aug 08, David Anusontarangkul rated it liked it. It is in our ability to fight the temptation of present reward for later greater progress.

The challenge, of course, histkry be to recognize the point at which this will no longer be possible ,and to find the economic and social means to respond to achieve some level of sustainability. Ships from and sold by Little Horse Books. The food ;onting allowed for a percentage of the population to pursue other activities like art, governance, and war.

Few have a competent understanding of the path we have taken, or the predicaments that now threaten us.

How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Refresh and try again. More horses were needed to haul more goods. Dec 31, Mike Stolfi rated it really liked it. There seemed little purpose to the history at that point except to continue the listing of our collective offenses. With the shift to agriculture and civilization, we invented forest mining, which is unsustainable.


Village households dumped their night soil histoy the streets.

What Is Sustainable: A New Green History of the World

Books by Clive Ponting. May 15, Peter added it. Until95 percent of humans were paupers. For example, world coal production was 10 million tons inmillion tons inand 5 billion tons in After all it was small enough for them to walk round the hisyory island in a day or so and see for themselves what was happening to clivf forests. Using the Roman empire as its central example, this classic work reveals how overexpansion and the exhaustion of available natural resources have played key roles in the collapse of all great cultures in human history.

The Discovery of Global Warming: The bubble of cheap and abundant horse feed was over. 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 t. Its dry academic tone and focus on facts rather than rhetoric are real assets here.

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A Green History of the World

This may seem like nit-picking, but I had to struggle to get through the beginning of the book, and then was rewarded by the much higher quality later on. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. It forces the individual reader to take thf 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.

Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology worls New England. It is the story of a people who, starting from an extremely limited resource base, constructed one of the most advanced societies in the world for the technology they had available.


Every student in every nation should take a class based on this book, every year. With urbanization, the privileged class grew — folks who could afford horses, stables, carriages, and feed.

We are experiencing the same here histlry Christianity. Black Market Economy geren the 21st Century. Nevertheless, the book systematically goes through the different civilizations and documents the specific destructions ravaged upon them.

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

Considering how thorough the book is at detailing the problems, lack of solutions is a sizeable omission. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. With the calm and objective voice of a venerable professor, Ponting lifts readers far above the intense roaring madness that we consider normal. Like the Green Revolution disaster, GMO crops require big inputs of fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation — large fields, expensive seeds, rich farmers, big machines, and lots of petrol.

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Be the first to ask a question about A Green History of the World. The Sunday IndependentLondon. Dec 28, DavidJsays rated it liked it. What we do need is comprehensive and credible information to base our analysis and decisions on. I am sorry to report that I personally know people who have histody who would joyfully take a kidney shortening their child’s young life an additional ten to twenty years if it meant they could live another day.

ByTokyo had It covers more ground than the similar point of view and many years later Jared Diamond Collapse. The theme of extreme increase in this expansion in last years with industrialization rings very clearly.