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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That point is incredibly frightening, because from there on we’re looking at famine and a lot of suffering that we, as humans, might avoid simply by controlling population. And among the best and most effective epilogues I’ve ever read.

By the number of centenarians will have increased eightfold. Finally an eye-opening to me section on Mumbai: Sadly the restrictive policies and draconian budget cuts for USAID proposed by the Trump administration will mean far less zlan for these unfortunate people. Even more significant than the low wwisman rate is the poor state of Russia’s health. Also as I was writing this the UN upped its estimate for to 9. This too has got worse since communism ended.

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So I expected the form of the book to match the content. Now Japan is approaching the time when it will have to experiment with a different philosophy. Demographically, Europe is living on zlan time. Russia’s life expectancy is lower than Pakistan’s, which is lower than most of Africa.


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

The reasons for this are subject to a lot of debate and fear in the Middle East. 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. Is a book long with a extense list of references. Rather than simply dwelling on the problem itself, he provides a ton of perspective on how overpopulation has come to be an issue with different answers in different placeswhy countddown it is an issue, what can be done and is being done to couhtdown it, and what the future might look like as a result.

I predict that his recent book, Countdown has the same potential. Jul 25, jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: In each country he also interviews someone in depth – scientists, ecologists, agricultural, wild-life or biodiversity experts – on specific projects they are working on. And it does start promisingly as Weisman assesses what is undeniably a crisis. I was not disappointed. The only thing that checks Niger’s high fertility rate is the 50 year life expectancy. Weisman shows how both religion and politics have in the past and still do affect population growth.

Will find a place on my bookshelf next to The World Without Us and The Geography of Nowheretwo other books that have had similarly strong impact on my thinking. This is one of the world’s lowest birthrates. Jul 07, Jennie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sometimes gets tedious with too much information. It’s population has dropped by 5 million. One of the recurring bad-guys in this book, for their contemporary stands against birth control and family planning.


That’s why I continue to give money to fund abortions. Weisman also briefly mentioned ecomomics—and the fact that our economies that depend on infinite growth need to change. It did talk about how some countries lowered their wiesman rate, but it didn’t spend much time on how countries are going to deal with having a very large older population and a lower population of kids. After the war the country was nearly bankrupt, and to feed, house and employ everyone would far outstrip their capacity.

Loads of information on the effects of over-population, but I found the book over long and repetitive.

Want to Read saving…. Their general health provisions were excellent too. The world is already pressing the limits of growth in arable land and fresh counfdown while we pump CO2 into the atmosphere, phosphorous into the ocean and nitrogen into the soil to keep pace.

This nation cannot feed or find work for its population many of whom are forced to find menial jobs in the Middle East or at sea. Use it as a jumping-off place to understand the environment and how fragile it is when the interconnections among plants and animals and soil is broken. It means that whilst people are having fewer children, population statistics can continue to rise, because of the increased length of time that the elderly are living.