Jared Diamond: Warnings from the past

The American biologist turned environmental historian Jared Diamond, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for Guns, Germs and Steel, in which he explored how geographical and environmental factors underpinned the historical rise of Western global dominance, is looking to the big picture again.

His fascinating new book, Collapse (Allen Lane, 6th January 2005, h/b, £20, 0713992867)--disappointingly the title has been changed from the previous, punchy Ecocide--explores a subject of most pressing urgency for our planet: the part played by environmental mismanagement in the collapse of past cultu...

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