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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Also, the anecdotes from each country alone, and not necessarily just the message, are interesting and worth reading. And this growth will happen mostly in countries already environmentally and economically challenged such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and the Congo.

Refresh and try again. I cannot say I feel hope as I think overall we are a pretty selfish and wretched species despite our intelligence and small slivers of caring for our fellow beings and mother nature. It’s population has dropped by 5 million. This is one of the world’s lowest birthrates. Jun 19, Elescia rated it it was amazing. Jun 01, Nicole Wolverton rated it it was amazing.

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

One countrown the highest compliments I can give a book especially non-fiction is that I find myself talking about it with other people, and that has been the case with this book many times already.

The author of the excellent thought experiment titled World Without Us, reprises his role to help us think more about where the demographic math is leading us.

Jun 06, WendyB rated it liked it Shelves: It is a crowded world. This would mean that the leaders of the Church, acting with extreme imprudence, had condemned thousands of innocent human acts, forbidding, under pain of eternal damnation, a practice which would now be sanctioned.

Agriculture This is the biggest threat to our planet.

Countdown Quotes by Alan Weisman

Use it as a jumping-off place to understand the environment and how fragile it is when the interconnections among plants and animals and weiwman is broken.

Iran is now once again trying to encourage rising population. Resources in all sorts of fields are becoming more limited, and in future we need to be more respectful of this. 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.


Weisnan are ten times as many schools for boys as girls. We are on a treadmill. Weisman takes us all over the world, from Israel to Thailand to India, to show us how people are dealing with exploding cokntdown. BeforeIndia will surpass China as having the biggest population in the world.

It won’t weismah until the last wave of “baby boomers” pass on that statistics will start to drop. Probably not, but I don’t see a Cormac McCarthy scenario either. Written with remarkable clarity, the author presents intermixed stories of scientists and world leaders pursuing wesman sustainable human future.

I make small attempts to make my toxic footprint small but without any major sacrificing of my current fairly comfortable lifestyle. I would have welcomed more discussion on that subject. This is particularly interesting because both countries are strongly Catholic. In China added another 7 million people to its population every 7 weeks.

He touches on environmental factors of an exploding population including the subject of water and land. Here people barely scratch out a living as climate change portends a grim future. The part that I found fascinating is countries that have large numbers of aging people and a younger population that will struggle financially to care for them. 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 countdow been consumed in our entire human history.

Even wweisman countries where the populations are dropping, this sometimes results in more wealth, and therefore more consumption.

Use it then, as ewisman reference to make your own case however you can to convince your family and friends to have fewer babies or no babies at all. The author discusses the situation with a Japanese economist, Akihiko Matsutani. The whole dialogue needs to change from one of economic growth to sustainable growth. There are lots of short glimpses into individual lives around the world. The chapter on Iran was particularly fascinating and perplexingand will no doubt lead me to read more on the subject.

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 One can think that Aln Weisman is too optimist about this problem.


They definitely are not contemplating trying to breed their way out of the problem. The culprits are de-forestation, methane belched by cattle and rice paddies, fertilizer manufacture, and an insidious by-product of over-fertilization – nitrous oxide, a heat-trapping gas times as potent as C Sep 08, R. Those concerned with the environment alaan often the same people concerned with the plight of the disenfranchised who are clamoring to get in.

Financial incentives were put in place for having children. Sometimes gets tedious with too much information.

The highest population in Africa – million. Weisman argues his case articulately, thoughtfully, and insightfully. I received a free copy of this book as a giveaway from Goodreads First Reads.

Countdowm 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.

Time and again Weisman reports that in countries where the state has decided to promote and encourage lower birth rates, provide family planning services, and assure that contraceptive means are akan to women, birth rates drop, often dramatically.

This is the sort of thing I envision occurring in Cuba if consumer capitalism somehow flowers there. Weismxn central thesis is that although the growth rate of human populations has decreased, our numbers present an inordinate challenge to the earth’s capacity. The Church has had much more success in its anti-contraception anti-abortion policies in the less educated Philippines.

I devoured each chapter couuntdown this book and learned so many fascinating facts about population growth and policies in various countries, how scientists are working hard to genetically modify crops – in a good way – to enhance growing potential and nutritional value, what overpopulation is doing to our natural resources, land and animals, and just how dire the situation is for the future.

Weisman is a journalist and it shows.