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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View all 32 comments. In each country he also interviews someone in depth – scientists, ecologists, agricultural, wild-life or biodiversity experts – on specific projects they are working on. Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Book. Hardcoverpages. There are success stories in poor countries such as Bangladesh with a current birthrate of 2.

One countdoqn that struck me was early in the chapter, when the author asked a Buddhist monk whether growing humanity is hastening its own demise.

Here we see examples of having many children for religious and cultural reasons but also as a way to achieve power. Alab 33 million current Ugandan population is expected to triple by They had used brigades of people of horseback to go wweisman the farthest reaches of the country – taking every form of birth control to everyone in the country – and all of it was given away for free.

Birth control, however, probably took up half the book.

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It wasn’t all doom and gloom – if a few things change simple things, really then there is hope! But I felt that the book overall left something to be desired. The legal marrying age for girls was dropped from eighteen to thirteen. The author has traveled arroun the world and interwiwed many people. By Nigeria is expected to double its population to million – a number that will vastly transcend its agricultural capacity.


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 We are a crowded, underdeveloped nation — more a crowd than a nation.

This multicultural approach is one of the biggest strengths of the book, as it reduces the amount of ethnocentrism and shows what approaches have worked before and what is preventing some cultures from reducing their birth rates to more manageable levels.

The whole dialogue needs to change from one of economic growth to sustainable growth. I could not put this book down and, once finished, could not stop thinking about the implications of what I learned. Technology has helped Pakistan fend off starvation with deeper wells and more dams, but these measures will not keep up with population increases.

Jul 05, Kat rated it it was amazing Shelves: The ratio of old people to working people may change drastically.

Having really loved Weisman’s previous book, The World Without Us, I was very interested to read his follow-up book, about overpopulation, and how the world could survive with us. Fred Pearce in his book “Peoplequake” feels the future is dire. He touches on environmental factors of an exploding population including the subject of water and land.

Some of the longer ones are weiskan from status updates for the Transition group read.

Weismzn of these women are far more educated than, for instance, a certain segment of the US population e. 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: Agriculture This is the biggest threat to our planet.

A terrifying fact and one that’s hard to get your head around.

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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. I make small attempts to make my toxic footprint small but without any major sacrificing of my current fairly comfortable lifestyle.


Maybe the book just wasn’t my cup of tea, and I’m sure many readers here will disagree with my assessment of the book, but I I received this book for free through Goodreads First Read.

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. How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing?

In countdowb, it is a crisis of unimaginable proportions: Most of the chapters include journalistic material from interviews which Weisman conducted. 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.

In it had approached 9! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’m anxious to read the new Contdown 10 Billion by demographer Daniel Dorling that purports to offers a more positive outlook on burgeoning global population. The legal age of marriage was dropped to thirteen. 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.

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. Weiwman it dropped again to nine.

Thus Vatican 1, which sealed the notion of papal infallibility. BeforeIndia will surpass China as having the biggest population in the world.