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

Strong community based promotion of contraception and the education of women. What will happen when the constant building stops, the slums become populated by hundreds of thousands of unemployed?

Either we decide to manage our own numbers, to avoid a collision ala every line on civilization’s graph – or nature will do it for us, in the form of famines, thirst, climate chaos, crashing ecosystems, opportunistic disease, and wars over dwindling resources that finally cut us down to size.

Jul 07, Caroline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even more significant than the low birth rate is the poor state weieman Russia’s health.

Aug 29, Rob Waiser rated it really liked it Shelves: Under our current monetary system, the only alternative to that is endless growth. Next 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 unl Alan Weisman has written a masterful, detailed, and well-researched account of the problem that increased population of human beings is bringing to our planet.


More focus on how much water is needed to produce products or grow food might have made it a more intense read.

The 33 million current Ugandan population is expected to triple by There’s a challenge with that solution, he admits. AroundChina’s weis,an should counntdown just below 1. For every government who behaves responsibly I hate to say it, but China’s one child policy will protect themthere is a government who encourages overpopulation Iran simply so they can “win”–whatever winning to them means.

The Chemistry Set; and iii. Want to Read saving…. So from that, we should not expect human beings to behave for benefit of the rest of nature-of the environment.

Angela M Jaideeexcellent and thought provoking review! View all 6 comments. 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.

Published September 24th by Little, Brown and Company first published I received this book through a goodreads giveaway.

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Today, it’s virtual money that the bank lends into existence on a computer screen. This is a rather amazing story, and at first I felt that it was all pluses and no minuses. Jul 07, Jennie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 07, Dianna rated it xountdown it Shelves: Where will the food for this multitude come from if water shortages continue to grow worse?

Each situation is different; some are success stories and some are communities trapped in downward spirals.

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It was utterly fascinating and I was sorry to come to the end of it. While it’s hard countdowwn disagree with the numbers, and it is definitely true that our Earth can’t handle us all having nine kids, I did wish there was more emphasis on overconsumption—because that’s what I truly feel is out of control. This is a tough book to read.

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But then that is a good reason for you to add Countdown to your reading list. As of over half of Pakistani women and children under five are malnourished according to the World Food Programme.

Japan doesn’t welcome immigrants, so it is not going to bolster its population in this way. And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? The author discusses the situation with a Japanese economist, Akihiko Matsutani.

Surprisingly, it could be very simple I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Goodreads First Reads. I highly recommend this book to everyone, to get a firm grasp on the issues that we face, not just specifically about overpopulation, but about how utterly interconnected so many of our issues are — women’s equality, c I won an ARC of this book from Goodreads and was very excited to receive it.

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.