Green History: A Reader in Environmental Literature, by Derek Wall

By Derek Wall

This strains the improvement of ecological writing via heritage and kinds a large severe assessment of eco-friendly rules and pursuits reinforcing the significance of environmental predicament and motion in our personal time. Animal rights, ecology as technological know-how, feminism, eco-friendly facism/socialism/anarchism, land reform, peaceable protest, industrialisation, historical ecology, evolution, grassroots activism, philosophical holism, recycling, Taoism, demographics, utopias, sustainability, spiritualism...all those concerns and lots of extra are mentioned. Authors comprise Alice Walker on bloodbath within the urban of concord, Aldous Huxley on development, Lewis Mumford at the natural outlook, Engels on ordinary dialectics, Thoreau at the fontier lifestyles, the Shelleys on vegetarianism and enjoying God, Bacon at the New Atlantis, Hildegard of Bingen on eco-friendly energy, the unknown author of the Bodhisattva and the Hungry Tigress and Plato on soil erosion. every one article is determined inside of its ancient and thematic context. a whole advent and a advisor to extra analyzing also are supplied.

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Rev. Transl. 8 (No. 10), 783 (1967). Flint (Glacial and Quaternary Geology, Wiley, New York, 1971, p. ’ 5 Apart from postglacial records of extinct species of Bison, very few kill sites have been discovered. E. , Green history 24 1967, p. J. , p. Krantz (Amer. Sci. 58,164,1970) have all raised this point as a counterargument to overkill. 6 The North American megafauna that I believe disappeared at the time of the hunters includes the following general: Nothrotherium, Megalonyx, Eremotherium, and Paramylodon (ground sloths); Brachyostracon and Boreostracon (glyptodonts); Castorides (giant beaver); Hydrochoerus and Neochoerus (extinct capybaras); Arctodus and Tremarctos (bears); Smilodon and Dinobastis (saber-tooth cats); Mammut (mastodon); Mammuthus (mammoth); Equus (horse); Tapirus (tapir); Platygonus and Mylohyus (peccaries); Camelops and Tanupolama (camelids); Cervalces and Sangamona (cervids); Capromeryx and Tetrameryx (extinct pronghorns); Bos and Saiga (Asian antelope); and Bootherlum, Symbos, Euceratherium, and Preptoceras (bovids).

Fights were staged between goaded and crazed animals—between a bull and a rhinoceros, for example. Unarmed or poorly armed people, usually condemned criminals, including those guilty of the ‘crime’ of belonging to an illegal religion such as Christianity, were exposed to starving animals such as lions, leopards, and bears. Special cages were constructed under the amphitheater, complete with elevators and ramps to bring the beasts up to the arena without endangering the attendants too much. Romans of every social level, from the emperor to the common people, attended the games and enjoyed a spectacle which can only be called sadistic, and Roman writers, with rare exceptions, describe the games with approval.

In 1953, the Copenhagen pollen analysts carried out a field experiment to demonstrate that it was possible for a small group of men, equipped only with Neolithic axes, to cut down mature trees and clear by burning a fairsized patch of established forest, within about a week. Polished stone axes from the Copenhagen National Museum were fitted with new wooden hafts, made on the model of those which have been preserved in peat bogs from Neolithic times, and it was found that, using these, three men could clear about 600 square yards of forest in four hours.

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