A New Green History of the World - The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilisations

Author(s): Clive Ponting


Like Jared Diamond's "Collapse", Clive Ponting's 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 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.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780099516682
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : 851
  • : 0.332
  • : May 2007
  • : 2.9 Centimeters X 13.2 Centimeters X 19.8 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Clive Ponting
  • : Paperback
  • : 707
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 464