Think environmental problems are a modern-day phenomenon? Think again.
In his book Human Impact on Ancient Environments, archaeologist Charles Redman, director of Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability, dispels the notion that our society is the first to exploit its surroundings.
Using examples as diverse as the Mesopotamians, the Mayans and the Hohokam, Redman writes about ancient societies that eventually broke down because they misused their natural resources.
The Republic sat down with Redman at his Tempe office to talk about the lessons we can take from ancient civilizations.
Not much of an interview really.