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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?

It was utterly fascinating and I was sorry to come to the end of it. This started with a lot of promise. Now Japan is approaching the time when it will have to experiment with a different philosophy. One can think that Aln Weisman is too optimist about this problem. Local tradition accords respect to men with lots of children. By Eeisman is expected to double its population to million – a number that will vastly transcend its agricultural capacity. This shows that often contraception does not work, and we perhaps need to look at forms of contraception that will work.

For instance Addis Ababa legalized abortion in We cannot survive at the present rate of human growth. I’m anxious to read the new Population 10 Billion by demographer Daniel Dorling that purports to offers a more positive outlook on burgeoning global population.

Rising sea levels and over fishing. The birthrate here is falling rapidly.

Refresh and try again. Similarly, proactive behavior could take the form of individual choice with possible encouragement or reward by the state or state mandated programmes. 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. Our intensively farmed crops also need high levels of pesticide usage.


Sep 08, R. 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 Earth–and also the hardest: Jaidee Angela M wrote: As a woman without children, I couldn’t imagine having to undergo multiple pregnancies knowing the child possibly wouldn’t survive, and if it did there would be little hope of a safe life with shelter, food, and education.

The central thesis is that although the growth rate of human populations has decreased, our numbers present an inordinate challenge to the earth’s capacity.

When I begin to read a non-fiction book that introduces a new idea that is meant for an audience who is ignorant about said idea, I expect a certain amount of ease of reading.

Furthermore, I felt that it really demonstrated how even though we are individual nations with our own individual problems, we are all connected in the struggle for humanity and its survival. Some of the simple answers involve reducing poverty, thirst, and hunger through improved education and family planning throughout the world.

It has a very human and engaging side. Weisman does not think we can change human nature to demand less stuff. 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 unlivable for most creatures now inhabiting the earth.

Under our current monetary system, the only alternative to that is endless growth.


By the time of the Iranian revolution 23 years later the population had nearly doubled to 37 million. When it was a US colony, many women of child bearing age were sterilized. It wasn’t all doom and gloom – if a few things change simple things, really Alan Weisman is an amazing writer.

Thank you, goodreads, for the opportunity to read this book. That’s why I continue to give money to fund abortions. Pakistan has million people today, million when this book was written four years ago.

Countdown Quotes by Alan Weisman

Hardcoverpages. The book contains what can only be described as an extreme bibliography. 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. Russia’s life expectancy is lower than Pakistan’s, which is lower than most of Africa. It included a lot of examples of how extremely high fertility rates in developing nations have been harmful to mothers and children and the environment, and how some countries have changed their high fertility rates.

Countdown Quotes

About the most appalling and pessimistic chapter. Both parts visionary coujtdown 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: