Countdown has ratings and reviews. Ted said: The most serious question in history. How can we humans go on?4 1/2Alan Weisman is a practicin. . 8 quotes from Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth?: ‘Whether we accept it or not, this will likely be the century that determines what th. As the title suggests, I think it’s important that we strive to continue learning new things. If you read Countdown you’re sure to do just that. The book’s title sounds.

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Nature will move forward, beyond us. Review First, let us take a look at Alan Weisman’s style in Countdown: I do realize that this weisan is not going to change everyone’s mind who may not wholly agree with what Weisman purports. The last chapters are devoted to the problems related with counfdown progresive reduction of the population as for example caring of a growing number of old people an the economic problems caused by it.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Read.

He travels to about twenty countries, giving overviews of their situations. I’m anxious to read the new Population 10 Countdowm by demographer Daniel Dorling that purports to offers a more positive outlook on burgeoning global population. Unable to generate jobs to keep up, especially for millions of frustrated young men, it’s also among the world’s most unstable places.

Published September 24th by Little, Brown and Company first published Japan, with its falling population is the big experiment in the eyes of the world. The official reason is the prospect of not enough workers in a couple decades to support an ageing population.

Want to Read saving…. Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 04, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of those books that would make all of countdwon better off if everyone read it. There’s a challenge with that solution, he admits. We see the complexity of dealing with rapidly increasing populations and environmental degradation.


Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan Weisman

How no one knows how much biodiversity is needed for us to thrive, or what should be protected as important. I received a free copy of this book as a giveaway from Goodreads First Reads. Most of the chapters include cuntdown material from interviews which Weisman conducted. For both the Haredi and traditional Palestinians, women are second class citizens. Many people regarding it as an effort to lower their population so that they won’t be able to defend their land. For developed countries with birthrates below replacement the economy becomes an issue.

It is, quite simply, overdone. It wasn’t all doom and gloom – if a few things change simple things, really Alan Weisman is an amazing writer.

Apr 23, Jose Moa rated it really liked it Shelves: It spent a lot of time talking about the problem, and not as much talking about solutions.

Weisman does not think we can weksman human nature to demand less stuff. The result is a landmark work of reporting: Jun 06, WendyB rated it liked it Shelves: It has the fastest-growing levels of HIV in the world. I don’t think it would do the reader a disservice to read it first and then again at the end.

Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

By Nigeria is expected to double its population to million – a number that will vastly transcend its agricultural capacity.

They definitely are not contemplating trying to breed their way out of the problem. The author, Alan Weisman, is an American journalist who has written several books and won numerous international awards. Use it as a jumping-off place to understand the environment and how fragile it is when the interconnections among plants and animals and soil is broken.


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Jul 07, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: The weismaan thesis is that although the growth rate of human populations has decreased, our numbers present an inordinate challenge to the earth’s capacity. Only a quarter of the population can read. But many too are with more ordinary people.

A family planning director in the country has this to say: Iranian women averaged 7.

Many of them are now voluntarily sterilized as their preferred form of birth control. He mentions the use of coundtown can cause more harm than good by messing with our biology and natural systems. Here people barely scratch out a living as climate change portends a grim future. Agriculture This is the biggest threat to our planet.

Its numbers have tripled sinceto million. Before reading this I had a rather woolly idea that the world was over-populated, and that we were over-consuming our resources – but the reality is much more complex than that, and the situations vary strongly from country to country.

A interesting recomendable and full of data and references book In each country he also interviews someone in depth – scientists, ecologists, agricultural, wild-life or biodiversity experts – on specific projects they are working on.

On the whole, I would say this is a worthwhile read, and it has me interested in learning what more I can do to help preserve the planet for future generations. Countdown is a superbly written and engrossing examination of humanity’s expansion in diverse nations, cultures and religions told primarily though interviews with people whose lives are deeply affected by a shrinking supply of water and food, and the environmental degradation already upon them.