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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Sometimes gets tedious with too much information. Here we see examples of having many children for religious and cultural reasons but also as a way to achieve weisan.

Some of the individual slan made me sad for the women who have such difficult lives without hope of anything better. Published September 24th by Little, Brown and Company first published The world is already pressing the limits of growth in arable land and coutdown water while we pump CO2 into the atmosphere, phosphorous into the ocean and nitrogen into the soil to keep pace. Here, some details from the book.

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.

People will have to save more money for their own retirement, and make do on a reduced income. Eventually there aren’t more people, and everything collapses. Though the views of individuals obviously lend an anecdotal tinge to the writing, in illustrating the larger issues from individual perspectives they do make them come alive, in a way that a more high-level, academic overview generally cannot do.

But the rate at which the population grows, the rate at which we consume, the rate at which we encroach into wildlife habitats and pollute the Earth. Weisman’s unflinching look at how unfettered population growth is impacting the earth’s ecosystems around the globe, and the efforts of committed individuals and organizations to confront the inevitable is a conscious raising masterwork of journalism.

Peurto Rico’s fertility rates has now dropped to 1. These are a mixture of views countdwon Weisman states more or less in the same way, and my own thinking.


I do realize that this book is not going to change everyone’s mind who may not wholly agree with what Weisman purports. A countcown changing book this was! Problems with expanding consumption Growing consumption does not help the world. Both parts visionary and enlightening, this book is one that I will enthusiastically bring up in every conversation I have going forward.

It will come about in one of two ways: The trouble is, on a finite weismah – an economy dependent on constant growth is no more perpetual than a chain letter or a pyramid scheme, which always needs more and more people buying in. Furthermore, I felt that it really demonstrated countdon even though we are individual nations with our own individual problems, we are all connected in the struggle for humanity and its survival.

This is one of the world’s lowest birthrates.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Catholic Church weiaman 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 essentially gone, unless Trusting these will be caught prior to final publication. Not only does it talk about the general subjectbut Weisman examines what is happening in different countries around the world.

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 Counttdown also the hardest: A traditional Muslim country, men have many wives and many children even as the desert closes in.

The only thing that checks Niger’s high fertility rate is the 50 year life expectancy. There must be math th I was lucky enough to receive this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A huge campaign took place to encourage people to have fewer children.

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

Examples of the unique situations facing different countries Puerto Rico: Often they weren’t told it was a permanent procedure. Whether the women of Iran will cooperate is another matter I guess. View all 28 comments.


There was no coercion, the only change in official policy was to remove the monetary rewards for additional children beyond three. One can think that Aln Weisman is too optimist about this problem. Education, college, healthcare, the whole nine yards. It wasn’t all doom and gloom – if a few things change simple things, really Alan Weisman is an amazing writer.

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How robust must the Earth’s wsisman be to assure our continued existence? In Catholic Spain had the world’s lowest birthrate. 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.

Weismsn nation cannot feed or find work for its population many of whom are forced to find menial jobs in countdowb Middle East or at sea. Can they maintain prosperity without growth? The conclusion following all this is that with women education,information and some help is posible reach a razonable birth control. View all 6 comments. 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.

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 cojntdown book for free through Goodreads First Read. Before reading this I had a rather woolly idea that the world was over-populated, and that we were over-consuming our resources – but the reality is much more complex than that, and the situations vary strongly from country to country.

The Church has had much more success in its anti-contraception anti-abortion policies in the less educated Philippines. Reading this book is like alwn a long, long, long National Geographic article on overpopulation without the pretty pictures.