The World Without Us

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Author(s): Alan Weisman
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Jul 10, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.07 hours)
Product Number: Z100124613
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427201492
Narrator/s: Adam Grupper
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Description

Discover the impact of the human footprint in The World Without Us. Take us off the Earth and what traces of us would linger? And which would disappear? Alan Weisman writes about which objects from today would vanish without us; how our pipes, wires, and cables would be pulverized into an unusual (but mere) line of red rock; why some museums and churches might be the last human creations standing; how rats and roaches would struggle without us; and how plastic, cast-iron, and radio waves may be our most lasting gifts to the planet. But The World Without Us is also about how parts of our world currently fare without a human presence (Chernobyl; a Polish old-growth forest, the Korean DMZ) and it looks at the human legacy on Earth, both fleeting and indelible. It's narrative nonfiction at its finest, taking an irresistible concept with gravity and a highly-readable touch. Some examples of what would happen: - One year: Several more billions birds will live when airplane warning lights cease blinking. - Twenty years: The water-soaked steel columns that support the street above New York's East Side would corrode and buckle. As Lexington Avenue caves in, it becomes a river. - 100,000 years: CO2 will be back to pre-human levels (or it might take longer). - Forever: Our radio waves, fragmented as they may be, will still be going out.

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Author(s): Alan Weisman
Genre: Science
Product Number EB00095914
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429917216

Professional reviews

"It's almost disturbing that this book is so interesting. Weisman examines what the Earth would be like if there were no more humans. Assuming some sort of apocalypse that wipes us from the menu of mammals, he takes the long view, describing how our remnants would crumble and fade away over time--in some cases a very long time. Narrator Adam Grupper enhances this fascinating perspective through his impeccable reading, which is both sincere and balanced. Never veering into sensationalism, always objective and phlegmatic, Grupper takes what could be a depressing topic and makes it a book you just can't stop listening to. This combination of science, history, and futurology teaches us much about who we are and what we will leave behind. K.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007 (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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