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Countdown

Our Last, Best Hope for A Future on Earth?
Weisman, Alan (Book - 2013)
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"A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us. In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature. But with a million more of us every 4¿ days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were the probably the most important questions on Earth-and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful. By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny"--
Authors: Weisman, Alan
Title: Countdown
our last, best hope for a future on earth?
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xii, 513 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: A weary land of four questions
A world bursting its seams
Body counts and the paradox of food
Carrying capacity and the cradle
Island world
Holy See
Gorillas in our midst
The great wall of people
The sea
The bottom
The world unraveling
The Ayatollah giveth and taketh away
Shrink and prosper
Tomorrow
Safe sex
Parkland Earth
The world with fewer of us.
Summary: "A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us. In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature. But with a million more of us every 4¿ days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were the probably the most important questions on Earth-and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful. By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny"--
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ISBN: 0316097748
9780316097741
0316277436
9780316277433
0316097756
9780316097758
Statement of Responsibility: Alan Weisman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 442-496) and index.
Subject Headings: Population ecology. Overpopulation. Nature Effect of human beings on.
Topical Term: Population ecology.
Overpopulation.
Nature
LCCN: 2013017113
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Aug 22, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Though I agree with the premise of our need to reduce the human population in a controlled way before a catastrophe I did not like the way the book was not completely annotated. When a sweeping statement is made with no note do I consider it the author's hyperbole? Anyways the book is well written and asks some difficult questions. Worth reading for everybody.

Mar 31, 2014
  • catdaze rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoying it so far. I've made it to part four and have enjoyed going around the world, getting perspectives and voices from a lot of different countries and continents.

Feb 14, 2014
  • HereHere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A book on the most important issue of our time. Easy to read, eloquently written. You will appreciate the stories told within each chapter.

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