The World Without Us
Discover the impact of the human footprint in "The World Without Us". Take us off the Earth and what traces of us would linger? And which would disappear? Alan Weisman writes about which objects from today would vanish without us; how our pipes, wires, and cables would be pulverized into an... show more
Discover the impact of the human footprint in "The World Without Us".
Take us off the Earth and what traces of us would linger? And which would disappear?
Alan Weisman writes about which objects from today would vanish without us; how our pipes, wires, and cables would be pulverized into an unusual (but mere) line of red rock; why some museums and churches might be the last human creations standing; how rats and roaches would struggle without us; and how plastic, cast-iron, and radio waves may be our most lasting gifts to the planet. But "The World Without Us" is also about how parts of our world currently fare without a human presence (Chernobyl; a Polish old-growth forest; the Korean DMZ) and it looks at the human legacy on Earth, both fleeting and indelible. It's narrative non-fiction at its finest, taking on an irresistible concept with gravity and a highly-readable touch.
Some examples of what would happen are:
One year: Several more billion birds will live when airplane warning lights cease blinking; Twenty years: The water-soaked steel columns that support the street above New York's East Side would corrode and buckle. As Lexington Avenue caves in, it becomes a river;
100,000 years: CO2 will be back to pre-human levels (or it might take longer);
Forever: Our radio waves, fragmented as they may be, will still be going out.
Publish date: 2007-07-10
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Pages no: 324
Edition language: English
Some books that you read make you question everything. Alan Weisman's The World Without Us is definitely one of those books. The book seeks to answer the question 'What would happen to the world if humans were to disappear?' I've read books that look at it from the flip side of the coin where humans...
Brilliant. This author took me around the world and back again, deep underground and far into space, back into pre-history and far into the future. Can't recommend it enough. Yep, it's certainly depressing in parts, and often the only relief comes with the words 'in a world without us', but unlike s...
Delightfully misanthropic.Full of interesting information about the environment and a bit about ecosystems and things, but typically for me I found the human stuff the most interesting. Did you know the US Energy Department had to come up with a way of informing people ten thousand years from now th...
Aliens rapture everyone away in the first chapter, which is a catchy way to start a novel.But after that, the story fragments into separate chapters about different things pushing back human civilization after we're gone, like sharks, birds, plants, bugs, forests, and so on. Although everyone is sup...
Research envy! Seriously fascinating.