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This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is. T h e World Without ALSO BY A L A N. WEISMAN An Echo in My Blood Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World La Frontera: The United States Border with. "On the day after humans disappear, nature takes over and immediately begins cleaning Cleans them right off the face of the earth. cover image of The World Without Us. Read A Sample. The World Without Us. by Alan Weisman. ebook.

Between the PCBs, the fluorocarbons, the dioxins, the plutonium, the global warming, and those uncounted zillions of plastic microparticles now gutting everything from krill to blue whales, the planet's in for a rough ride for a while, even if aliens appear in the skies tomorrow and suck us up through the galaxy's biggest straw. Weisman writes quite well and the panoply of places he visits is worth the price of admission: reserves in Kenya, the Korean DMZ, the Panama Canal, the American Southwest, Turkish caves, Pacific atolls, etc.

I'm glad someone could write about them before they're swallowed up in Pepsi bottles and plastic bags.

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It's tempting, when reading the book, to take the long view of things, that the Earth endures and that if we disappear from our own foolishness, it's no great loss. In fact, it's hard to escape the conclusion that we deserve extinction for all that we're doing.

And yet that seems to me to be both simplistic and disingenuous. For all the evil we've done through our greed, our cruelty, and our shortsightedness, we have produced some real marvels, whether it's the Parthenon or a newborn child.

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 paleontologistswho describe a prehuman world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammothsWeisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us. From 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.

This is a text that has a chance to change people, and so make a real difference for the planet. His tone is conversational and his affection for both Earth and humanity transparent. The scope is breathtaking Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by Daisy from very interesting book this was a very interesting book, and quite thought-provoking!

But really his exploration is about humans' physical legacy on Earth.

And that legacy is not pretty. Getting past how the Chunnel is probably the longest lasting structure, the impact of petrochemicals, nuclear waste, and lots of other long-lasting bad stuff kinda makes you feel the Earth is doomed.

So go live it up while we can.

But this book is serious. Thoroughly researched, it does open your eyes to what has been going on, nature's vast but limited ability to absorb it all, and importantly how we can slow it down.

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He also gets quite philosophical about the long long term legacy of humanity and what it will take for us as a species and collective consciousness to survive. This is a great read, very well written, and important to internalize. Just don't expect a feel-good narrative of how fantastic we've made things.

Alan Weisman's book, The World Without Us, was definately an eye opener to how much we are actually affecting the world. He goes in depth of how we as a society affect the earth so much. Although this book has many interesting facts, i found it slightly boring in a sense.

To a person who doesnt have much interest in science just genereic examples and descriptions would suffice. It was an interesting book but im not sure it should be a book thats at the top of your reading list.

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It does not attempt to explain why and how humans can suddenly vanish. Instead it tries to portray how cities and other man-made artifacts will collapse, in addition to how other lifeforms will adapt.

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Here are some interesting points: 1. Our houses, built of the usual suspects wood, clay, bricks , will fall easily to nature.

Their biggest enemy is water that seeps through the smallest cracks, thaws and freezes over time. Although most roofs are waterproof, water can always find a way to rust and loosen the nails that hold the shingles together.

Once inside our habitats, it will quickly wreak havoc by molding walls, wooden floors and other furniture. New York City will rot from underneath.

It all starts with the extensive subway network which had effectively punched winding holes throughout the city foundation.It wouldn't happen immediately, because the most immediate threat will disappear with us. From here and from related sites in Kenya and Ethiopia, a pattern emerges of the gestation of the human race.

The following year, he was on Tumamoc Hill, his big frame again perched over a microscope. Michael Wilson, hiking in the rain forest, hears drumbeats that he knows are chimpanzees pounding on buttress roots, signaling each other.

With shady groves of fever trees and palms, this route was irresistible, but the price was often malaria.

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Even if the Statue of Liberty ends up at the bottom of the harbor, Appelbaum says, its form will remain intact indefinitely, albeit somewhat chemically altered and possibly encased in barnacles. Or toxodons, one-ton brutes like a cross between a rhino and hippo, but anatomically neither.

Had we never appeared, would those now-missing mammals still be here?

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