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A penetrating page turning tour of a post human EarthIn The World Without Us Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions 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 last architecture left and how plastic bronze sculpture radio waves and some man made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe 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 stood 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


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    If you are like me “The World Without Us” will cause you want to do one of two things A Find a remote wilderness and build a cabin Add a few chickens goats cows ect and live off the land with as much peace of mind you can muster until man destroys the planet Or B Say AWWW FK IT and put all regular old fashioned light bulbs in all your lamps and turn them on Leave your house with the air conditioner running get in your Hummer and drive across the countryjust because you can Eat as much factory farmed meat as you can stand on the way’cause you are crazy like that Steal a truck loaded with nuclear waste and drive it Thelma and Louise style into the Grand Canyon committing a spectacular environmental suicide I feel better now This book is a very good book but it is a tad well depressing I recommend it because not only do I want to drag you down with me of its important information We all need to be informed The World Without Us examines what the earth would be like if man were to just disappear How long would it take the earth to rid itself of all traces of us? Turns out not very long geologically but bronze statues and Barbie and Ken in the landfill will stand the test of time One point the author makes our problems well most of them could be fixed or greatly improved if all women of child bearing age would agree to have just one child I don’t see this happening but I do think maybe we should stop glorifying women who have litters of children That would be a start