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The World Without Us

Author : Alan Weisman
ISBN : 9781448133475
Genre : Science
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"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." What if mankind disappeared right now, forever ... what would happen to the Earth in a week, a year, a millennium? Could the planet's climate ever recover from human activity? How would nature destroy our huge cities and our myriad plastics? And what would our final legacy be? Speaking to experts in fields as diverse as oil production and ecology, and visiting the places that have escaped recent human activity to discover how they have adapted to life without us, Alan Weisman paints an intriguing picture of the future of Earth. Exploring key concerns of our time, this absorbing thought experiment reveals a powerful - and surprising - picture of our planet's future.

The World Without Us

Author : Mireille Juchau
ISBN : 9781632863034
Genre : Fiction
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It has been six months since Tess MÃ1⁄4ller stopped speaking. Her silence is baffling to her parents, her teachers, and her younger sister Meg, but the more urgent mystery for both girls is where their mother Evangeline goes each day, pushing an empty pram and returning home wet, muddy and dishevelled. Their father Stefan, struggling with his own losses, tends to his apiary and tries to understand why his bees are disappearing. But after he discovers a car wreck and human remains on their farm, old secrets emerge to threaten the fragile family. One day Tess's teacher Jim encounters Evangeline in the nearby mountains. Jim is in flight from the city and a past he is trying to forget, and Evangeline, raised in a mountain commune and bearing the scars of the fire that destroyed it, is a puzzle he longs to solve. As the forest trees are felled and the lakes fill with run-off from the expanding mines, Tess watches the landscape of her family undergo shifts of its own. A storm is coming and the MÃ1⁄4llers are in its path.

The World Without Us

Author : Robin Stevenson
ISBN : 9781459806801
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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What do you do when someone you care about wants you to follow him to a really dark place? Do you pull away? Do you help plan the trip? Or do you put your own life on the line in the hope that love will coax your friend away from the precipice? When Mel meets Jeremy, she thinks she has finally found someone who understands her, someone who will listen to her, someone who cares. But Jeremy has secrets that torment him, and Mel isn’t sure she can save him from his demons. All she knows is that she has to save herself.
   Set in Florida, against a backdrop of anti-death-penalty activism, The World Without Us examines one girl’s choices in a world where the stakes are very high and one misstep can hurt—or even kill—you.


Countdown

Author : Alan Weisman
ISBN : 9780316236508
Genre : Nature
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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.

Fundamentals Of The Physical Environment

Author : Peter Smithson
ISBN : 9781135090111
Genre : Science
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Fundamentals of the Physical Environment has established itself as a well-respected core introductory book for students of physical geography and the environmental sciences. Taking a systems approach, it demonstrates how the various factors operating at Earth’s surface can and do interact, and how landscape can be used to decipher them. The nature of the earth, its atmosphere and its oceans, the main processes of geomorphology and key elements of ecosystems are also all explained. The final section on specific environments usefully sets in context the physical processes and human impacts. This fourth edition has been extensively revised to incorporate current thinking and knowledge and includes: a new section on the history and study of physical geography an updated and strengthened chapter on climate change (9) and a strengthened section on the work of the wind a revised chapter (15) on crysosphere systems - glaciers, ice and permafrost a new chapter (23) on the principles of environmental reconstruction a new joint chapter (24) on polar and alpine environments a key new joint chapter (28) on current environmental change and future environments new material on the Earth System and cycling of carbon and nutrients themed boxes highlighting processes, systems, applications, new developments and human impacts a support website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415395168 with discussion and essay questions, chapter summaries and extended case studies. Clearly written, well-structured and with over 450 informative colour diagrams and 150 colour photographs, this text provides students with the necessary grounding in fundamental processes whilst linking these to their impact on human society and their application to the science of the environment.

In The Dust Of This Planet

Author : Eugene Thacker
ISBN : 9781780990101
Genre : Philosophy
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The world is increasingly unthinkable, a world of planetary disasters, emerging pandemics, and the looming threat of extinction. In this book Eugene Thacker suggests that we look to the genre of horror as offering a way of thinking about the unthinkable world. To confront this idea is to confront the limit of our ability to understand the world in which we live - a central motif of the horror genre. In the Dust of This Planet explores these relationships between philosophy and horror. In Thacker's hands, philosophy is not academic logic-chopping; instead, it is the thought of the limit of all thought, especially as it dovetails into occultism, demonology, and mysticism. Likewise, Thacker takes horror to mean something beyond the focus on gore and scare tactics, but as the under-appreciated genre of supernatural horror in fiction, film, comics, and music.

Changing The World Without Money Or God

Author : Charles Rentz
ISBN : 0986227609
Genre : Religion
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SALES and MARKETING Note: At the end of the description below is a bullet list of why people will purchase this book. This book ALSO has great potential for reaching the international market. Description of Book and Short Synopsis: As a rapidly evolving psychological species, the fact is: The human race has reached a tipping point in human consciousness and a time when more people than ever are looking for answers beyond traditional faith based concepts, and distorted governmental solutions. We are beginning to see the folly in our maladaptive coping mechanisms that used to offer comfort from our current individual and collective challenges. Many of us are also tired of making sense of contradictory ideas pervading our society that are leading us astray. In order to make our lives happier and the world a better place, many human beings are passionately seeking new perspectives and solutions to our mutual human endeavors. Deep within the minds and hearts of more individuals than ever before, (especially our youth), is a deep yearning for higher purpose and need to feel connected with something greater than our own selfish desires. Many of us have emotionally and intellectually evolved to a point where we are looking beyond the outdated ideas of god, and seeking to establish a permanent relationship with our highest conscious self, who strives to bond with the entire human race as a whole. This book offers a means of opening up to oneself, and instills a sense of unity among our species that is much needed in our global culture-we are more alike than we are different. On earth, where new ideas and solutions are urgently needed and paramount to coexisting peacefully, through a variety of unique insights and examples, and to cultivate truth, I untangle the unconscious nature of our human condition by offering believable 'real life' perspectives on: Psychology, Spirituality, Philosophy, Science and Practical Reality. During this monumental, yet temporary phase in human evolution, "Changing the World without Money or God" exposes how the vast unconscious nature of the human mind is covertly molding our seemingly self destructive world. My writing also assists in understanding many culturally maladjusted anomalies at a deeply conscious level, and offers viable solutions to our individual and global challenges. This book takes the reader on a mindful journey into modern consciousness and free thought, by which their own conscious awareness will be thrust into an entirely new level of understanding the intricacies of our collective human condition. Why will readers buy this book? Humans are ready for a change and know that our current social, religious and governmental systems are damaged and no longer working; this book offers a new way of addressing these divisive collective issues. Generally speaking, the title and content is controversial and intriguing in nature. The book is written in a very logical manner using real life examples that will deeply resonate with most humans. Presently, there are more religious AND non-religious people looking for spiritual answers without the dogma of religion; many Christians are seeking answers beyond their fundamental faith, too. Using a new age thought process, this book helps to bridge a much needed gap between the reality of psychology and spirituality. The content addresses and brings to light that money and 'the god concept' have never realistically solved our individual and collective problems at the core level. This book speaks of the vital changes that must occur in our collective human consciousness. I demonstrate that the major problems occurring in the world are merely a temporary phase in human consciousness, and proof things are actually improving on our planet. I also offer real life answers to many questions as to why humans think and act the way we do, and provide solutions to our individual and collective problems.

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