The World Without Us

Author(s) : Alan Weisman

The World Without Us

Book Details

  • Publisher : Virgin Books
  • Published : May 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 352
  • Category :
    Environmental Studies
  • Catalogue No : 96343
  • ISBN 13 : 9780753559710
  • ISBN 10 : 0753559714
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On the day after humans disappear, nature takes over and immediately begins cleaning house - or houses, that is. Cleans them right off the face of the earth. They all go. What if mankind disappeared right now, forever... what would happen to the Earth in a week, a year, a millennium? Could the planet's climate ever recover from human activity? How would nature destroy our huge cities and our myriad plastics? And what would our final legacy be?

Speaking to experts in fields as diverse as oil production and ecology, and visiting the places that have escaped recent human activity to discover how they have adapted to life without us, Alan Weisman paints an intriguing picture of the future of Earth. Exploring key concerns of our time, this absorbing thought experiment reveals a powerful - and surprising - picture of our planet's future.

Reviews and Endorsements

Compelling ... jammed packed with fascinating "what ifs" ― The Guardian

A powerful vision of a possible future for the earth ― Sunday Times

A fascinating nonfiction eco-thriller ― The New York Times Book Review

One of the grandest thought experiments of our time, a tremendous feat of imaginative reporting! ― Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy

About the Author(s)

Alan Weisman is an award-winning journalist, his reports have appeared in Harper's Baazar, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and on NPR, among others. A former contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions and teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona.

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