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Human Environmental History Since the Origin of Agriculture

  • Clive Ponting
This chapter examines human history from an environmental perspective and, at the broadest level, isolates those trends which have shaped current environmental problems. It argues that it is impossible to understand the complexity of modern environmental problems without considering their historical background. It is built around a number of key themes:
  • Population, land and food

  • Resources and energy

  • Inequality

  • Pollution

  • Ideas and actions

Although these themes are considered separately they do of course run in parallel.

Keywords

Human History Transnational Corporation Huge Increase Sulphur Dioxide Emission Ozone Layer Depletion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clive Ponting
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and Internatioal Relations University of WalesSwansea

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