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

Author(s): Alan Weisman

Current Affairs & Politics

Every four days there are a million more people on the planet. More people and fewer resources. In this timely work, Alan Weisman examines how we can shrink our collective human footprint so that we don't stomp any more species - including our own - out of existence. The answer: reducing gradually and non-violently the number of humans on the planet whose activities, industries and lifestyles are damaging the Earth. Defining an optimum human population for the Earth is an explosive concept. Weisman, one of the most brilliant environmental writers, will travel the globe, from the settlements of Israel and the plains of Mexico to the bustling streets of Pakistan and the teeming cities of the UK. In his search for answers, he will speak to religious leaders, demographers, ecologists, economists, engineers and agriculturalists in what promises to be an international classic.

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A controversial tour de force. Weisman seeks to answer a fundamental question - how do we manage the global population without destroying the planet?

Winner of Paris Book Festival: General Non-Fiction 2013.

Alan Weisman is the author of several books, including The World Without Us, an international bestseller translated into thirty-four languages, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Wenjin Book Prize of the National Library of China. His work has been selected for many anthologies, including The Best American Science Writing. An award-winning journalist, his reports have appeared in Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Discover, Vanity Fair, Wilson Quarterly, Mother Jones and Orion, and on NPR. A former contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior producer for Homelands Productions. He lives in western Massachusetts.

General Fields

  • : 9781408702666
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Little, Brown
  • : August 2013
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2013
  • : books

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  • : black and white, integrated throughout - approx. 15
  • : Alan Weisman
  • : Paperback
  • : 1013
  • : 304.2
  • : 528