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The World Without UsOd taller than mammoths Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today if not for usFrom places already devoid of humans a last fragment of primeval European forest the Korean DMZ Chernobyl Weisman reveals Earth's tremendous capacity for self healing As he shows which human devastations are indelible and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest Weisman's narrative ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that needn't depend on our demise It is narrative nonfiction at its finest and in posing an irresistible concept with both gravity and a highly readable touch it looks deeply at our effects on the planet in a way that no other book has. Well written and researched exploration of the premise of how the world would change if humans suddenly disappeared from the earth This ostensible absurd premise turns out to be a very useful lens to view many important environmental and ecological issues Several chapters such as those on plastics and nuclear waste are distressing as their impacts are incalculably long lasting The ones on how fast pockets of biodiversity might spread or how uickly highly stressed areas might recover are reassuring Weisman gets a lot of help from an army of experts and does well to make the focus of each chapter come from the first person perspectives of relevant field or laboratory scientists The diverse riffs on urban sites include an abandoned city in the Turkish zone of Cyprus which after a few decades appears to be disassembled surprisingly fast by the forces of nature The virtual disappearance of great Mayan cities into the jungle is another fascinating example of the ephemeral uality of civilizations The human caused extinctions of so many species are obviously not reversible but the fate of domestic animals agricultural species and alien species introduced far and wide make great subjects of his creative speculations from historical and evolutionary perspectives A consideration of what human made structures will last the longest turns up some surprises The Panama Canal apparently won't last long but many structures made of stone bronze or ceramic will persist until crumbled by another ice age or tectonic folding A nice coda to the book is a reflection on how the examples of human literature and music sent out of the solar system with the Voyager spacecraft will likely outlast the sunUpdate Weisman is back on the job pondering Earth's fate with a follow up that puts people back into the picture I look forward to reading his account of the challenge of overpopulation of our planet published at the end of Sept 2013 Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth

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E 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 describes the distinct ways that organic and chemically treated farms would revert to wild how billions birds would flourish and how cockroaches in unheated cities would perish without us Drawing on the expertise of engineers atmospheric scientists art conservators zoologists oil refiners marine biologists astrophysicists religious leaders from rabbis to the Dalai Lama and paleontologists who describe a prehuman world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that sto. I enjoyed the premise but the execution was a snoozer I'm not sure if it was the author's soporific style or that I was let down by his overly repetitive rundown on floral succession asparagus and trumpet vine take hold as dingleberries and snorfle weed provide shade Over and over; it felt like the author was attempting to display the fact that he did thorough investigation with environmental biologists and was flexing his bio street cred After the first 4 times the remaining 18 were overkillI did learn that there's a voluntary human extinction movement something I found interesting and hadn't heard of before Of course he only devoted 1 paragraph of the book to something that was actually novel and interesting I also enjoyed the exploration of human works in a human less scenario what would happen to subways oil wells nuclear power plants statues domestic farms dams etc but felt that the author took few risks For example he might have investigated what the probabilities were for a human extinction scenario I understand that that may not have been crucial to his discussion of a world already without humans but without discussing what would bring about that scenario the book is little than one of those semi drunk what if imagination games you play while sitting at a bar If you were trapped on a deserted island To say the book ended with a whimper would be an understatement It felt like he was just tired of writing or that his editor said he needed to put the thing to bed Either way it was mildly entertaining and mildly educational meaning it was also mildly a waste of time

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The World Without Us Free read Í 106 ↠ [Ebook] ➩ The World Without Us By Alan Weisman – A penetrating page turning tour of a post human EarthIn The World Without Us Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to uestions of humanity's impact on the planet he asks us to envision our A penetrating page turniA penetrating page turning tour of a post human EarthIn The World Without Us Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to uestions of humanity's impact on the planet he asks us to envision our Earth without us In this far reaching narrative Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock why some of our earliest buildings might be The World ePUB #10003 the last architecture left and how plastic bronze sculpture radio waves and some man made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the univers. the world without us would be a better place well not for the dogs they'd die out pretty uickly and since dogs are the greatest things on the planet it gives one pause but no the badness of all the bad shit we've done outweighs even the goodness of the dogs the kanamits aren't gonna 'serve us' anytime soon a virus probably couldn't take everyone out war certainly won't so here are two options1 we simply stop procreating and peacefully die off leaving behind a near not total remember the dog situation paradise wwwvhemtorg2 we commit to the 'four pillars' of the church of euthanasia suicide abortion cannibalism sodomy are some of my favorite people on the planet 1 i'm pro abortion2 i'm vegetarian but could be convinced to eat a human way before a sweet gentle cow or pig 3 i'm pro sodomy 4 i don't really wanna kill myself but i have no problem if you want to in fact you should everyone should kill themselves except for me and rosario dawson we'd live out our lives with each other and the dogs it'd be me rosario and five millions dogs traveling the globe swimming in lakes climbing trees rolling around on grassy fields at night the dogs would ball up together and create the world's largest and warmest mattress for me my girl and then after a few decades we'd all run indian chasing bison style off a cliff finis