Journalist Weisman traveled the world to investigate what happens when humans stop occupying an area. Then the challenge is to present these findings and conversations in a manner that engages and interacts with the reader. It does muse interestingly on certain specific animals and habitats which would benefit from a world without humans. If not, what is still out of balance? And I was surprised by the conclusion of the book where it stated that This book was very informative but a little bit naive in it approach. The World without us is a warning call for all of us to be careful about our behaviors and actions. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders, and paleontologists, he illustrates what the planet might be like today if humans disappeared.
Do those who wish an end to humanity really believe what they say? If that is the case in the worldwide level, however, it is a different condition when the idea of human extinction was specifically applied in New York City. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. 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. It was quite thought provoking. Without us, Earth will abide and endure; without her, however, we could not even be.
He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts. Ailanthus trees take root everywhere. Just cut an eighteen inch hole in the roof and then stand back. There are a myriad of books that examine one or another aspect of man's impact on the earth rain forest depletion, global warming, water shortages et al but few offer such a wide-ranging and entertaining overview as The World Without Us which, by imagining a world freed from the pest of humanity, offers a unique perspective on the environmental havoc we are causing. Add a few chickens, goats, cows ect. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dali Lama, and paleontologists---who describe a prehuman world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammoths---Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us. Chapter 2 The day after people suddenly disappear, the world will start to clean itself.
If you're interested in history, science, environmentalism, impressing people at dinner parties with your knowledge or just plain interested: this is the book for you! Did I say that those weapons we have been using in the middle east leave radiation with a half life of 4. He gives the reader a vivid sense of wonder at the doings of the natural world, a palpable sense of awe at how our little detour on the course of history will be covered and gone, no matter what we wreak upon the planet. Looking for something to stir your imagination and haunt your thoughts? Alan Weisman is worried about our future too. He states that old architectural structures will have no significant impact because without humans to help maintain its structure, the environment, such as plants and animals, will be able to adapt to it. The book questions what would happen if humans would totally disappear off the face of the earth. Each week, the global population is increasing by more people than live in the entire of Philadelphia. On the surface, this clever book describes what the world would be like if humans were to suddenly disappear from the face of the earth.
Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. Free of rabid rantings and written in an immensely accessible style, Weisman has produced a well-balanced and fascinating book crafted to inform, not to panic. Very nice individually, some might be made even better with artful blending. He starts off pointing out how much human beings, since they left their African cradle, have changed their environment; one illustration being the mass animal extinctions, due to human development, that have already taken place since prehistorical times e. For instance, his distaste for electrical generation disrupting the natural environment is obvious.
The way nature would move in to repossess its own, the way the world would continue unobserved and uncaring, finally freed. Fictional apocalypses are usually fun, but this nonfictional post apocalyptic world is genuinely haunting in all its meticulous rendering. Many species of plants and animals may increase in numbers, while some--like cockroaches and rats--will decrease. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth's past dead ends, and in the process offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Weisman was so much worried about the future so that he wrote this book to realize human race about the future outcomes of our actions today.
Steal a truck loaded with nuclear waste and drive it Thelma and Louise style into the Grand Canyon, committing a spectacular environmental suicide. Weisman does a good job at covering both sides of the equation. As he shows which human devastations are indelible, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, Weismans narrative ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that needn't depend on our demise. Wow, where do I start? But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. 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. After the extinction, everything will back to its natural form. He doesn't mention pigs or sheep at all, but they are two of the most extreme examples.
With erudite prose and carefully chosen illustrations, this unique work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work. Perhaps we, as a species, could recognize our fleeting time on this earth, and cherish both that short time and the place, and each, in our own small way, make the place one worth living in, and our effect on it worth celebrating beyond our stay. Several chapters, such as those on plastics and nuclear waste, are distressing as their impacts are incalculably long lasting. I found it to be a necessary wake-up call to greater conciousness--the first step to redemption. This book kind of had me all over the map emotionwise. Environmentalist have been fighting battles to save the planet for years but the damage has partially been done.