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The Resource Countdown : our last, best hope for a future on Earth?, Alan Weisman

Countdown : our last, best hope for a future on Earth?, Alan Weisman

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Countdown : our last, best hope for a future on Earth?
Title
Countdown
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our last, best hope for a future on Earth?
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Alan Weisman
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Count down
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In this timely work, Alan Weisman examines how we can shrink our collective human footprint so that we don't stomp any more species -- including our own -- out of existence. The answer: reducing gradually and non-violently the number of humans on the planet whose activities, industries and lifestyles are damaging the Earth
  • "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 the 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"--
Summary
The author visits twenty countries around the world to get their take on the sustainability of human life on the planet, discussing optimum population and how to prosper without endless growth
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Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, 2013.
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Weisman, Alan
Dewey number
304.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
GF75
LC item number
.W454 2013c
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Nature
  • Overpopulation
  • Ecological carrying capacity
  • Population ecology
  • Demographic transition
Target audience
adult
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our last, best hope for a future on earth?
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Countdown : our last, best hope for a future on Earth?, Alan Weisman
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Includes bibliographical references (page 697-781)
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text
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20095598
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
xii, 783 pages (large print)
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large print
Isbn
9780316239813
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)ocn858809189
  • (OCoLC)858809189
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Countdown : our last, best hope for a future on Earth?, Alan Weisman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 697-781)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20095598
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
xii, 783 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780316239813
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn858809189
  • (OCoLC)858809189

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