"On the day after humans disappear, nature takes over and immediately begins cleaning house - or houses, that is. Exploring key concerns of our time, this absorbing thought experiment reveals a powerful - and surprising - picture of our planet's future.
On the day after humans disappear, nature takes over and immediately begins cleaning house - or houses, that is. Cleans them right off the face of the earth. They all go."What if mankind disappeared right now, forever ... what would happen to the Earth in a week, a year, a millennium? Could the planet's climate ever recover from human activity? How would nature destroy our huge cities and our myriad plastics? And what would our final legacy be?Speaking to experts in fields as diverse as oil production and ecology, and visiting the places that have escaped recent human activity to discover how they have adapted to life without us, Alan Weisman paints an intriguing picture of the future of Earth. Exploring key concerns of our time, this absorbing thought experiment reveals a powerful - and surprising - picture of our planet's future. Visit worldwithoutus.com
How would the world change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good? What would the planet be like in a day, a week, a month...a millennium? Just how long will our greatest achievements and our biggest mistakes last after we are gone? To discover the answers, Alan Weisman looks to areas of the world that are currently unoccupied and speaks to experts in fields ranging from nuclear physics to archaeology. He reveals how the natural world would react to our disappearance and wrestles with some of the key concerns of our time to offer an intriguing glimpse of the real legacy of our existence on the planet. 'Compelling... jammed packed with fascinating "what ifs"' Guardian 'The results of this huge thought-experiment are both fascinating and surprising' Daily Mail 'Flesh-creepingly good fun...an expert-led fantasia of the post-human planet' Independent 'A wonderful idea... This is a terrific book' Scotsman
Alan Weisman is a journalist and the author of numerous books. His writing has won several major awards and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
"Compelling ... jammed packed with fascinating "what ifs" Guardian "Flesh-creepingly good fun ... Food for thought" Independent "A powerful vision of a possible future for the earth" Sunday Times 20070729 "A hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking book" Scotsman "A wonderful idea... The World Without Us is a hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking book... Terrific" Evening Standard
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Short-listed for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Nonfiction 2008
Compelling ... jammed packed with fascinating "what ifs"
A FASCINATING GLIMPSE OF THE EARTH IF HUMANS VANISHED TODAY
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