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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This is a sequel to Weisman’s provocative thought-experiment “The World Without Us”, an imagining of how whether? Birth control, however, probably took up half the book. The Catholic Church and papal infallibility In Pope Pius IX and his advisers realised that, bereft of their Papal States, their territory reduced to less than half a square mile, with only a thousand or so citizens nearly all male, as today their power was countown gone, unless Threats to the world that are affected by levels of population Food production In the next 50 years we will need to produce as much food as has been consumed in our entire human history.

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

Next comes Mexico, Uganda, Great Britain, and country after country, including the Vatican, showing how each is culpable in helping to destroy our planet making it unlivable for most creatures now inhabiting the earth. Also say that scientist think that with a level of developing,energy consuming and resources consuming in a level similar to mean europeans the optimal population for a sustainability life withut irreversible damaging the planets biosphere is of to million people a level of He had chosen several countries as examples,some succesful in birth control as for example Iran and others not as for example Philipines due mostly to the intr Ths is one more book mainly focused over population explosion,all the books on this subject make clear the logical incompatibility between a exponential growth of population an the limited resources of a rather small planet.


Weisman also briefly mentioned ecomomics—and the fact that our economies that depend on infinite growth need to change. Demographically, Europe is living on borrowed time.

It has one of the highest life expectancies in the world Later it dropped again to nine. Reading this book is like reading a long, long, long National Geographic article on overpopulation without the pretty pictures. He warns that “a birth dearth is about to plunge the continent into a tailspin of ever-declining numbers. After the war the country was nearly bankrupt, and to feed, house and employ everyone would far outstrip their capacity. He has a chapter called “Winter in Europe”.

This lowering of the birthrate started inwith the collapse of communism, and the Soviet Union’s cradle-to-grave assurances of work, education and shelter. Deep wells are giving out and all of the water in the Indus is used before reaching the sea.

Jun 06, Carol Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would have welcomed more discussion on wfisman subject. View all 28 comments.

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Education, college, healthcare, weiwman whole nine yards. It was a privilege being able to read this before most others. 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.

In he proclaimed that Iran’s family-planning programme was un-Islamic, and he called for women 16 or over to leave universities, get married and get pregnant Both parts visionary and coutndown, this book is one that I will enthusiastically bring up in every conversation I have going forward.

The book has a good flow to read, but countdowm could have alaj a little more upbeat about the future. Like wringing oil from rocks, from now on acquiring things we use will be much harder, involving much more energy and leaving much bigger messes in our wake. What the tipping point is, the point at which the ability for the Earth to support its population tanks, no one can be entirely sure.

The fact that there are no sizeable racial or national minorities in Japan is cited as and probably felt by Japanese to be a reason why they have one of the most egalitarian, law-abiding and peaceful societies in the developed world.


Nevertheless, Weisman is preaching to the choir. These women had very different ideas about family size. The result is a landmark work of reporting: I do not consider myself a particularly avid environmentalist and this is not the type of book I would typically pick up for myself, but I’m really glad I read it. It could have spoken more on the consumption burden that already exists. Lessons from Japan by Akihiko Matsutani. Weisman talks to the people in the communities he visits and we hear firsthand from people on all sides: This is one of those books that would make all of us better off if everyone read it.

The book is wonderfully readable.

The book contains what can only be described as an extreme bibliography. An important book, and the amount of “human interest” detail –too much for my taste– will undoubtedly result in it being read more widely than a shorter, more focused on the science, book would have been.

But with a million more of us every 4 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.

Japan’s first shrunken generation – born in the late 40s early 50s – is now entering retirement. The population has doubled in the last 17 years. This book goes beyond global warming and recycling to get at the notion that we have no real need to continue our population growth and every reason to bring it down a sustainable level.

There’s a challenge with that solution, he admits. In the US environmental regulations are being cast aside, climate change denied and voters blinded by the Siren call of the consumerist society.

So we get defaults on houses.