“The forging of metals appears to be a key turning point in the creation of significant air pollution levels. Core samples of glaciers in Greenland indicate increases in air pollution associated with Greek, Roman and Chinese metal production.” Perhaps if it came down to pointing out which ancient cultures must have been notorious for polluting the environment, it would have to be the ancient Greeks and Chinese in particular. The Chinese were known for their expertise in production and mercantilism. The fact that they were in the business of massive production, they must have produced a lot of pollution. As for the ancient Greeks, they were known for living by the concept of cornucopianism or living in a state of excess – more food, more material things, more everything. Thinking that they had an infinite amount of resources must have prompted them to produce and consume more things. All this activity must have had some sort of impact on the environment in terms of pollution.
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