Alan Weisman: The World Without Us

What if – human beings just (POOF!) disappeared tomorrow? What would happen to earth, how would the disappearance affects its flora and fauna, how long would it take all traces of humankind to disappear, too? Are there any lasting mementoes, until the sun becomes a bit bigger than now, that is. It may be that traces of laughter in the Lucy Show are the only lasting souvenirs (even the Voyagers have their life-time and will grumble in space), but before that becoming reality, Weisman has written a truly interesting and thought-provoking book, which shows lots of background reading and interviews with specialists. The only thing that was missing from this pleasurable brain-activating read, were the footnotes.

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