Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? (Compact Disc)

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By Alan Weisman, Adam Grupper (Read by)
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Weisman's remarkable new book discusses population, consumption and the human place on Earth while preserving a real sense of hope.

— Ty


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 1/2 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 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.

About the Author

Alan Weisman is the best-selling author of "The World Without Us, " and an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in "Harper's, " "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. His essay "Earth Without People" ("Discover"magazine, February 2005), on which "The World Without Us "expands, was selected for "Best American Science Writing 2006," and he is interviewed frequently about how humans exist on the planet.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781478924548
ISBN-10: 1478924543
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2013
Pages: 15
Language: English