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The World Without Us Reader ä 324 pages Download Ó A penetrating page turning tour of a post human EarthIn The World Without Us Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to uestions 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 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 tal I enjoyed the premise but the execution was a snoozer I'm not sure if it was the author's soporific style or that I was let down by his overly repetitive rundown on floral succession asparagus and trumpet vine take hold as dingleberries and snorfle weed provide shade Over and over; it felt like the author was attempting to display the fact that he did thorough investigation with environmental biologists and was flexing his bio street cred After the first 4 times the remaining 18 were overkillI did learn that there's a voluntary human extinction movement something I found interesting and hadn't heard of before Of course he only devoted 1 paragraph of the book to something that was actually novel and interesting I also enjoyed the exploration of human works in a human less scenario what would happen to subways oil wells nuclear power plants statues domestic farms dams etc but felt that the author took few risks For example he might have investigated what the probabilities were for a human extinction scenario I understand that that may not have been crucial to his discussion of a world already without humans but without discussing what would bring about that scenario the book is little than one of those semi drunk what if imagination games you play while sitting at a bar If you were trapped on a deserted island To say the book ended with a whimper would be an understatement It felt like he was just tired of writing or that his editor said he needed to put the thing to bed Either way it was mildly entertaining and mildly educational meaning it was also mildly a waste of time

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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 uestions 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 Yeah what you've heard about this book is true It really is very good very scary very depressing AND it's written entirely in Spurdlish a language I just made up that consists only of the letter 't' If it only enabled fire ants to slowly liuify Dick Cheney it would be perfect Okay I'm kidding about the Spurdlish but yeah great book Weisman doesn't just speculate on what happens to your house or the NYC subways or the pyramids once we've all been raptured off to Heaven Hint That expensive kitchen remodel you did? Hopefully it's in a color that raptors enjoy The book is really about what we're doing to the planet and how long our nefarious activities will outlast us The news is both good and bad nature tends to adapt to just about anything think wildflowers blooming in Chernobyl but there are still some future scenarios that are pretty hellish Yes More hellish than Boca Raton Florida 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 strawWeisman writes uite 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 etc I'm glad someone could write about them before they're swallowed up in Pepsi bottles and plastic bags 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 We are a remarkable species perhaps unreplaceable and it will be a loss to the biosphere when we go Of course in the end all things must pass as some Liverpool philosopher once put it but the end is not yet here and there's still much to enjoy Do those who wish an end to humanity really believe what they say? Who amongst them is willing to commit suicide for the sake of a better planet? Let's hope that we gain the wisdom to enjoy it all and preserve it for a better future

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The World Without UsLer 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 h Detailed journey into an again very nature bound deserted futurePlease note that I put the original German text at the end of this review Just if you might be interestedA bonanza of ideas for science fiction and downscale world scenarios that describes the various aspects of the tooth of the time following a fictional extinction of humansThe explanation begins with the immediate knock on effects after day X with incoming indoor plants and water rich mines and infrastructures such as subways being among the first concomitants before the emergency generators in all the facilities necessary for the maintenance of a western industrialized society run out of fuel and all formerly regulated processes become independent After all highly reactive and dangerous operations have come to a spectacular end a decay of relatively inferior constructed infrastructure begins as compared to the buildings of antiuity and the Middle Ages were built of natural materials Do not even consider reinforced concrete which actually implies the name One of the crucial factors here is the penetration of water after rotting roofs which significantly increases the speed of disassembly At the same time to the slow disappearance and decay of all civilizing achievements nature enters the scene and conuers both once their entranced areas back and at the same time actively participates in advance of the decay In this case plants are involved in the fouling of vegetation and the immense power of their roots as well as microorganisms and to a lesser extent animals themselvesIn the broadest sense the description of late revenge of sentient beings which could save themselves from the extinction of their species by man and now fervently help to erase the last evidence of its existence from the face of the earth And in a relatively short time after a few hundred or even a few thousand years nothing remains of the grandiose structures of the former crown of creation The long term greetings of people to the future in the form of industrial plants and nuclear power plants are also explained and the aspect of highly dangerous effects of malfunctions and the resulting masses of GAUs in massive industrial complexes is one of the most remarkable ideas of the work At such sites accidents occurred despite human maintenance and controlThe absence of all maintenance measures would result in widespread pollution of the environment within a short period of time Even secure and well protected sites repositories and systems built with high uality building materials would pay tribute to the passing of the years and at some point be damaged rusted and thus time bombs What bothers me is the lack of visible distinction between fiction proven facts and previously unconfirmed assumptions which makes it difficult to judge the book's reading value So it is difficult to recognize which is the fantasy of Weisman or historically proven and observed by the example of extinct high cultures facts Other authors solve this problem by incorporating fictive short stories clearly labeled as such to illustrate these or by referring to sources in individual thoughts and passages Unfortunately the various aspects are explained individually but not at the end assembled into a single image of the respective levels of degeneracy including all elements which could have given a better and vivid overviewBesides the extreme penchant for accurate explanation is sometimes lengthy and overweight concerning the actually eponymous book content On the way to the downfal