A GREEN HISTORY OF THE WORLD CLIVE PONTING PDF

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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.

Clive Ponting. The Foundations of History. Ninetynine per cent of Human History. The First Great Transition. Destruction and Survival. The Long Struggle. World oil production oo. Percentage share of world energy consumption and The Rise of the City. Number of people living in cities Number of cities with a population of more than one million.

Creating the Affluent Society. World production of iron and steel World production of copper oo. Europe population CE17oo. The worldwide diffusion of crops and animals. Ways of Thought. World fish catch o. The Foundations of Inequality. Io Disease and Death. The Weight of Numbers. World domesticated animal numbers World irrigated area The Environment and the Collapse.

The Second Great Transition. World coal production 18oo20oo. World production of aluminium World car ownership oo. Debt of 6o poorest countries Polluting the World. World emissions of sulphur dioxide World organic chemical production The Threat to Global Systems. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide Percentage share of world carbon dioxide emissions Per capita carbon dioxide emissions The Shadow of the Past. The world in the twentieth century.

Guide to Further Reading. He recently took early retirement and now lives on a small Greek island where he is creating a Mediterranean garden and cultivating olives. The Lessons of Easter Island.

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Clive Ponting. 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 Earth's 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 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 t.

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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. Clive Ponting.

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