He talks about the increase of carbon dioxide emissions in every day human life and its affect on global warming. What would become of our major achievements to transform the environment? And the average human lifespan is about 70 years. He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts. Would it be pestilence, drought or war that would finally get our goose? As resources dwindle, as infrastructure fails, as hope fades. How would it sound…or not sound? This is the Plymouth from which the Pilgrims departed; they named their American landfall across the sea in its honor. Alan Weisman wants us to go a few steps further and imagine what would happen if we were to vanish from the earth suddenly and inexplicably.
Of course, even if entire populations could be decimated by war or natural catastrophes, an utter extinction of the human race is a highly improbable event. In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman attempts to answer the question of what would happen to the earth if, for whatever reason, humans were to completely disappear tomorrow. The only creatures who are dependent on us for survival are the miniscule mites that live on and in our bodies, eating our dead skin cells before we suffocate in them, and nasty bacterias. A book I plan to revisit, uncharacteristically enough. So many people are afraid of stepping on toes with this topic, but population growth is exponential, folks!! Weisman offers half-hearted attempts at answering this scenario and that is where the execution lags. If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. This one receives the highest recommendation for everyone.
If not, what is still out of balance? In fact, it illustrated ways that we're jerks that I'd never even thought of before. What a pity, as it would have made no difference due to the lack of differentiation between utopia and reality, even more, spread of the hoped-for by the relevant reading client future scenarios and present them in more detail and with the inclusion of facts on better footing foundation. He never mentions what the alternatives are besides doing without, though. The author gives quite a bit of information about what effect non-biodegradables will have on every thing from plant life to animal life remember, only humans have disappeared. We want you to discover those books and have that experience, too. Though the evidence is plentiful that we are in fact killing the planet that sustains us. We have an obligation to future generations to leave them an inhabitable world, and we're going well out of our way to do just the opposite.
Several chapters, such as those on plastics and nuclear waste, are distressing as their impacts are incalculably long lasting. It's tempting, when reading the book, to take the long view of things, that the Earth endures and that if we disappear from our own foolishness, it's no great loss. It seems like Alan Weisman realized it, too, as the hook chapters to each part are far more interesting than the remainder of each section save the terse final part which is fairly solid throughout. I'm glad the author didn't tiptoe around the overpopulation issue. Alan Weisman is worried about our future too. And he does something remarkable in this book, considering the subject matter.
Though Weisman succeeds in not being preachy, the theories he presents are still debatable. This was a great book- it made me think while I was reading it, and it still makes me think today when I look at all the stuff around me. But if human beings disappeared, what would happen in the immediate aftermath or in the farthest future? May 14, 2007 — If a virulent virus or even the Rapture depopulated Earth overnight, how long before all trace of humankind vanished? Okay, I'm kidding about the Spurdlish, but, yeah, great book. Things will crumble because of water and the city will eventually be retaken by nature. Of course, the past can tell us what some environments used to be like without human intervention, or after specific types of human intervention.
And I was surprised by the conclusion of the book where it stated that the one solution that would work both for nature an humanity is to restrict all females in the world to just one offspring. The inciting question is a bit strange: what would happen, should the whole of the human race suddenly vanish from the face of the Earth? And, on December 27, 1831, H. I'm glad I got my own copy so I didn't have to race through a library book. I was intrigued by his examples of how much man changed nature even before the Industrial Revolution. The description of the exact situation after the final decline in the distant future, the reader's actual expectation of the real-life world of animals and plants and other effects fall through the rust and take barely one-eighth on nearly 400 pages.
The book is really about what we're doing to the planet, and how long our nefarious activities will outlast us. This led to My second question at the time: Could it be possible that any of the previous large scale extinctions were due to a technological species that existed at the time. It's actually playfully optimistic, and is more of a history and science lesson than a judgement on our sins. Huge whirlpools of garbage, miles wide, already dot both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the majority of the material in those floating garbage dumps is plastic based. Many animals once prevailing in only small quantities now count billions in numbers, mostly for the purpose of serving as our food.
The World Without Us reveals how, just days after humans disappear, floods in New York's subways would start eroding the city's foundations, and how, as the world's cities crumble, asphalt jungles would give way to real ones. It would be a chrysalis from which Earth emerged in its own image, not ours. He simply describes what things are like now, how things were before us, and how things might be after us. Each spring, he leads an annual field program in international journalism at the University of Arizona, where is Laureate Associate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies. Wow, where do I start? Weisman suggests plant life to begin to grow in new places that would usually be prevented by human upkeep.