The World Without Us
Alan Weisman
Macmillan (2007)
In Collection
Human-animal Relationships, Human-plant Relationships, Material Culture, Nature, Nature/ Effect Of Human Beings On
e-Book 9780312347291
Journalist Weisman offers an original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders, and paleontologists, he illustrates what the planet might be like today if humans disappeared. He 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. 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.
Product Details
LoC Classification GF75 .W455 2007
Dewey 304.2
Cover Price $24.95
No. of Pages 336
Height x Width 9.3 x 6.4  inch