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LOCAL>> Giulio Boccaletti – Water

Presented by Book Passage at Streaming Arts

Sep 20 2021
LOCAL>> Giulio Boccaletti – Water

Natural resource expert discusses his book with Nature Conservancy’s Lynn Scarlett

In conversation with Lynn Scarlett

Spanning millennia and continents, Water is a stunningly revealing history of how the distribution of water has shaped human civilization.

Writing with authority and brio, Giulio Boc­caletti—honorary research associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Univer­sity of Oxford—shrewdly combines environmental and social history, beginning with the earliest civ­ilizations of sedentary farmers on the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates Rivers.

Even as he describes how these societies were made possible by sea-level changes from the last glacial melt, he incisively examines how this type of farming led to irrigation and multiple cropping, which, in turn, led to a population explosion and labor specialization.

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