"Flesh-creepingly good fun . . . Food for thought" (Independent)
"A powerful vision of a possible future for the earth" (Sunday Times)
"A hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking book" (Scotsman)
"A wonderful idea... The World Without Us is a hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking book... Terrific" (Evening Standard)
From the Inside Flap
"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."
How would the world change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good? What would the planet be like in a day, a week, a month... a millennium? In the current age of anxiety about our impact on the earth's climate and environment, this groundbreaking book offers an intriguing glimpse of what the real legacy of our time on the planet may be.
The World Without Us takes readers on a journey into the future, to a world without humans and asks how the natural world would respond if we all simply disappeared. Would the planet's climate ever recover from the effects of human activity? How would nature destroy our huge cities? Could it ever reduce our myriad plastics and toxic synthetics back to benign, basic elements? And what about architecture and art? Will we have left any enduring mark on the universe; any sign that we were once here?
To discover the answers, Alan Weisman looks to areas of the world that are currently unoccupied to see how they have fared without us. He reveals how animals would react to our disappearance and how the planet's flora would be affected, and uncovers just how long our greatest achievements and our biggest mistakes would last after we are gone. In doing so he wrestles with some of the key concerns of our time and reveals a picture of the future that is both captivating and terrifying.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
How would the world change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good? What would the planet be like in a day, a week, a month...a millennium? Just how long will our greatest achievements and our biggest mistakes last after we are gone?
To discover the answers, Alan Weisman looks to areas of the world that are currently unoccupied and speaks to experts in fields ranging from nuclear physics to archaeology. He reveals how the natural world would react to our disappearance and wrestles with some of the key concerns of our time to offer an intriguing glimpse of the real legacy of our existence on the planet.
'Compelling... jammed packed with fascinating "what ifs"' Guardian
'The results of this huge thought-experiment are both fascinating and surprising' Daily Mail
'Flesh-creepingly good fun...an expert-led fantasia of the post-human planet' Independent
'A wonderful idea... This is a terrific book' Scotsman