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A New Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilisations
A New Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilisations Clive Ponting 0099516683 9780099516682 Like Jared Diamonds Collapse, Clive Pontings book studies the relationship between the environment and human history. It
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A New Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilisations by Clive Ponting

Like Jared Diamonds Collapse, Clive Pontings book studies the relationship between the environment and human history. It examines world civilizations 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 Earths resources, only to expand to the point where those resources could no longer sustain the societies populations and subsequently collapsed. He shows, for example, how the fall of Rome has particular and vital importance for our modern global civilization. Destructive environmental behaviour today takes place on a much larger scale than ever before and the consequences will be correspondingly greater. Ponting argues for a higher sensitivity to the finite nature of our resources and the catastrophic impact on our modern world, should we continue to squander those resources. This new edition of Clive Pontings 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 faced in the search for solutions.

Author: Clive Ponting

Language: English

Edition: Revised & Updated Edition

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage Books

Publication Date: 2007-05-01

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Clive Ponting (Edition: Revised & Updated Edition) Paperback