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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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