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O Mundo sem Nós

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  30,388 Ratings  ·  3,035 Reviews
Se nos retirássemos agora da Terra, definitivamente, o que se passaria? Quais os vestígios do Homem (humanos) que permaneceriam e quais os que desapareceriam ? Como mudaria o planeta?

Numa altura em que vivemos tão preocupados e ansiosos com os efeitos do nosso impacto sobre o clima e o ambiente, este livro oportuno dá-nos uma oportunidade de ter uma ideia do que deixaríamo
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Paperback, 332 pages
Published October 2007 by Estrela Polar (first published July 10th 2007)
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Stephanie
Aug 13, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010
If you are like me “The World Without Us” will cause you want to do one of two things.

A: Find a remote wilderness and build a cabin. Add a few chickens, goats, cows ect. and live off the land with as much peace of mind you can muster until man destroys the planet. Or

B. Say "AWWW F**K IT", and put all regular, old fashioned light bulbs in all your lamps and turn them on. Leave your house, with the air conditioner running, get in your Hummer, and drive across the country…..just because you can.
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Mateo
Sep 14, 2007 Mateo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, what you've heard about this book is true: It really is very good, very scary, very depressing--AND it's written entirely in Spurdlish, a language I just made up that consists only of the letter 't'.

If it only enabled fire ants to slowly liquify Dick Cheney, it would be perfect.

Okay, I'm kidding about the Spurdlish, but, yeah, great book. Weisman doesn't just speculate on what happens to your house or the NYC subways or the pyramids once we've all been raptured off to Heaven. (Hint: That
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brian
the world without us... would be a better place. well, not for the dogs. they'd die out pretty quickly. and since dogs are the greatest things on the planet, it gives one pause. but, no. the badness of all the bad shit we've done outweighs even the goodness of the dogs. the kanamits aren't gonna 'serve us' anytime soon, a virus probably couldn't take everyone out, war certainly won't... so here are two options:

1) we simply stop procreating and peacefully die off, leaving behind a near (not total
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Colin McKay Miller
Nov 10, 2008 Colin McKay Miller rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of nonfiction science
Shelves: nonfiction
In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman attempts to answer the question of what would happen to the earth if, for whatever reason, humans were to completely disappear tomorrow. While it’s a fascinating premise, one that Weisman undoubtedly put a lot of time and effort into, the execution falters. Inevitably, it’s hard to stretch what was initially a short essay into a full book, but that’s how The World Without Us got going. Structurally, the book is broken down into four parts with chapters discu ...more
Marcus
May 09, 2008 Marcus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: insomniacs
I enjoyed the premise, but the execution was a snoozer. I'm not sure if it was the author's soporific style, or that I was let down by his overly repetitive rundown on floral succession: "asparagus and trumpet vine take hold as dingleberries and snorfle-weed provide shade..." Over and over; it felt like the author was attempting to display the fact that he did thorough investigation with environmental biologists and was flexing his bio street cred, After the first 4 times, the remaining 18 were ...more
Michael
Well written and researched exploration of the premise of how the world would change if humans suddenly disappeared from the earth. This ostensible absurd premise turns out to be a very useful lens to view many important environmental and ecological issues.

Several chapters, such as those on plastics and nuclear waste, are distressing as their impacts are incalculably long lasting. The ones on how fast pockets of biodiversity might spread or how quickly highly stressed areas might recover are re
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Jim
Dec 01, 2014 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Coda (last chapter) should probably be read first as it sums up the thrust of the book & it's not what the description & title suggest. It started out as billed, a look at what the world would look like if we disappeared, but devolved into a platform for an environmental rant with some snide political remarks thrown in. If it was a little better balanced & thorough or if it offered any solutions, I'd like it more since I'm a tree hugger, too. It's generally negative, though. He d ...more
Riku Sayuj
Aug 30, 2011 Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Riku by: Rohini
Shelves: ecology, r-r-rs

I am disappointed that in spite of the tremendous scope, the book never manages to rise beyond the past and the present and truly explore its potential - that of imagining a post-human world, far into the future. Most of the book was about the world before humans and about how we have changed it. This was interesting and informative, but was not really the reason I started the book and was not what the dust jacket promised.

But, despite the shortcomings or rather the under delivery, it still mana
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Glenn
Dec 18, 2007 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journalism
I came across this book on a jaunt around the web, and, I suspect like most people, thought “what an amazing idea!” The only question I had in hearing about it was whether the writing in the book would live up to its premise.

It does, effortlessly. There is real, unforced poetry in Alan's writing, lines like “Rills lined with yellow asters flow soundlessly across spongy, hummocked meadows, so rain-logged that streams appear to float,” and, in a wonderful description of a famous mountain, he unfur
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Carlos
Dec 11, 2016 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction-btr
This book was very informative but a little bit naive in it approach. I don't think that humans are going anywhere in the near future so drawing conclusions from an scenario that will likely never happen seems a little bit masturbatory but at least among all the information in this book , there is some usefulness. It is also very good to gain knowledge about the fauna and flora that went extinct because of human involvement. And I was surprised by the conclusion of the book where it stated that ...more
Léonard Gaya
Jan 29, 2017 Léonard Gaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a worldwide exploration documentary book, in the fashion of Jacques Cousteau, or more recently a few BBC programs. The inciting question is a bit strange: what would happen, should the whole of the human race suddenly vanish from the face of the Earth? Of course, even if entire populations could be decimated by war or natural catastrophes, an utter extinction of the human race is a highly improbable event. Still, this odd hypothesis is a way of exploring how much humanity’s footprint has ...more
4triplezed
Oct 18, 2016 4triplezed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a science duffer like me this was easy to read and I would recommend it. So us westerners have left depleted uranium with a half life of 4.5 billion years all over Iraq and expect them to like us? Ha! I had no idea of the ramifications of depleted uranium, heck the science side of this has passed me by. Stupid me. How could I have not given thought to armour piecing weaponry that leaves radiation traces of a half life of 4.5 billion years. Depending on who one wants to believe all that for e ...more
Sarah ~
Jan 11, 2017 Sarah ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2017
The World Without Us - Alan Weisman

ماذا لو انقرض البشر يومًا ما؟
كيف ستتعامل الطبيعة مع هذا؟ كيف ستعيش باقي المخلوقات في عالم يخلو من البشر ؟
ماذا سيبقى من البشر، ماذا سيبقى من حضارتهم، مدنهم وحياتهم اليومية؟
هذا جزء بسيط من الأسئلة التي يطرحها ويجيب عليها هذا الكتاب، وعلى ما يبدو أن مدننا ستندثر خلال 500 عام إذا كانت الجو معتدلًا والأمطار متوسطة وفي النهاية قد لا يتبقى سوى الصلب الخام وبعض الأطلال.

قد يكون الإنسان "الكائن الذكى والمهيمن على الكوكب" ولكنه ليس الأقوى بل هو ضعيف وإذا فكرنا قليلًا بكل
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. I simply can't get over how fantastic, informative, well-written, and mind-opening it is. Wow, where do I start?

The book revolves around the hypothetical question: What would happen if all humans disappeared tomorrow? Would anything we created survive? Would anything miss us?

The short answer is: very little, not really. It's a blow to our ego perhaps, but true nevertheless. The only creatures who are dependent on us for survival are the minis
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David
Dec 25, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody interested in ecology
On the surface, this clever book describes what the world would be like if humans were to suddenly disappear from the face of the earth. Alan Weisman begins the book by describing the probable fate of man's buildings, structures--above and below ground, and cultural artifacts. For example, New York subways would completely flood within days. Interestingly, our longest-lasting legacy will probably be the radio signals transmitted into space.

But the majority of this engaging book is really about e
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Ahmed
Oct 24, 2015 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هل تخيلت يوما العالم من دون دوننا؟
يساعدك هذا الكتاب علي تخيل ذلك بصورة علمية؟
هل تستطيع الطبيعة القيام بعملية استشفاء مما اصابها علي يد الانسان؟
هل كل ما خلفه الانسان ورائه قابل للزوال؟
للأسف بعض مخلفات الانسان قد تحتاج لعشرات الالاف من السنين وربما مئات الالاف لتتخلص منها الطبيعة فهي كما قال الكاتب وجدت لتبقي.
الكتاب عبارة عن رحلة في انحاء العالم لاستكشاف مصير الارض بعد رحيل البشر،من غابات اوروبا الي نيويورك الي صحراء افريقيا.
ما الذي سيحدث للمدينة بأبنيتها المرتفعة والعملاقة؟
ما الذي سيحذث لمنازلنا
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Felicia
Feb 10, 2008 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating. Just amazing and scary.
Becky
Sep 12, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pretty much everyone on earth.
This book has been on my wishlist for quite a while, so when I was able to get the audio edition, I didn't hesitate to dive right in. I will say that this is not the best audiobook I've ever heard. The reader, Adam Grupper, was a bit stiff at times, but that's really my only complaint.

I think that this is one that I will have to read again myself at some point, because I feel like it's one that I would need to really take my time with, and absorb. This was so fascinating to me, and too often I
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Richard
The conception of this book was brilliant, but while writing, the author—or at least his editor—should have realized that the execution was muddled.

Imagine several of your favorite foods. Perhaps Kung Pao chicken, a spinach salad, blueberry pie, beer and peanuts, coffee and biscotti, shrimp etouffee. Very nice individually, some might be made even better with artful blending. Now toss them all in a big bowl and mix thoroughly. Appetizing?

Weisman’s title teases us with a singular view of human ex
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Matthew
Sep 29, 2007 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Literally, everyone. Even, or perhaps especially, if they're too stupid to get it.
Shelves: essaysjournalism
I had to stop several times in the middle of reading this, to digest the chapters and pick something lighter up temporarily. Its not depressing in the way a sad novel is, but its upsetting in the way it really drives home how much humans have fucked the world up. The sacry thing about the book is that when reading about how humans have dissappeared and nature reclaims her property, I'm not thinking 'how terrible', I'm thinking 'how wonderful'. I've pulled back from the brink of thinking of human ...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
Aug 16, 2008 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all earthlings
Recommended to Jennifer (aka EM) by: Jason
An astonishing book, and the first piece of non-fiction that I've read in quite some time that has had the emotional power of a novel. The first comment I'll make has to do with that: Weisman's voice is a powerful one. He knows how to marshall the facts but also how to keep the story moving, and most importantly, get the reader engaged at an emotional as well as intellectual level.

Weisman's research seemed incredibly solid, but the book never felt plodding or laden down with eye-glazing data, a
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Arun Divakar
When your species is 7.5 billion strong on this planet and still counting you may permit yourselves a few moments and think ’We are THE real deal, aren’t we ?’ The fact that there are more number of microbes living inside a single human being than the overall human population is again beside the point here. Alan Weisman wants us to go a few steps further and imagine what would happen if we were to vanish from the earth suddenly and inexplicably. The premise and the ‘what-if’ scenario is extremel ...more
Nikki
This book tries to imagine what the world would be like if we were just raptured away or abducted by aliens, with little or no warning. Despite being ostensibly a book about the world without us, it turns out to mostly be a book about us. Or, more accurately, what we’ve done to the world, which the world will have to cope with whether we’re here and part of that or not. If you’re science-aware, there’s probably not much to learn — in fact, if you’re up on your climate science, what’s here is ver ...more
Sarah
Sep 17, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-memorable
I just demoted this book from four-star status to three-star status. I started reading it and then had to give it back to the library before I was done and then I had to get it back to read the last chapter. At the risk of being platitudinous, this book is no fine wine.

The literary world is definitely instep with our current go-green zeitgeist and, as past president of Earlham's Environmental Action Committee and as someone whose economic footprint is minimal, I am quite pleased. That being said
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P.
Oct 01, 2007 P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, I really did. Not only was it given to me by my new uncle, but it ostensibly dealt with a subject that I have spent some time thinking about (usually during periods of outdoor solitude such as when walking to or from work) -- the decay of human structures and how they might be co-opted by nature if they were abandoned.

Unfortunately, rather than dealing primarily with scientific, archaeological or anthropological observations about the resilience of human architectura
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Even if you took out all the stuff about what will happen to the world when we are gone, this would still be a fantastic book. It is filled with fascinating information about the natural sciences and about the ways ancient and modern societies have altered the planet.

I'm glad the author didn't tiptoe around the overpopulation issue. So many people are afraid of stepping on toes with this topic, but population growth is exponential, folks!! By the time people recognize crisis, it may be too late
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David
Dec 14, 2007 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
It's located on the 'mind-numbingly-boring' shelf for a reason. Whatever point the author is trying to make certainly doesn't support 300 pages of impenetrable prose. After five false starts I managed to get to page 50 before finally giving up in disgust.

All the people who have made this a best-seller? I don't believe for a moment that they have actually read it. This is not a book to read, though it may be one to impress your friends with by pretending to have read it.

Don't waste your time. Re
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Mike
Sep 26, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this for a few months, a few pages at a time. It was simultaneously uplifting and depressing, and I really learned some things.

Life pro tip: in the event of the Rapture, don't try to get to New York. The subway tunnels will be flooded in a day or two, and it won't take that long for things to come crashing down.

And a lot depends on whether the guys at all the refineries on the Gulf Coast have time to turn things off or not.
James
Mar 01, 2008 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book.

Not a great book, but a good book.

As a humbling, interesting book about Our World and the incompatibility of our Current Society with Ecology, it belongs on your shelf next to Guns, Germs, and Steel, An Inconvenient Truth, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. And there is plenty to keep your eyes wide open in horror at our existence’s lack of harmony with the environment. Like the frightening petrochemical monstrosity that is Houston, Texas. Yeehaw!!!

This is a subversive book in that
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Shira
Sep 22, 2007 Shira rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, even though this book is a bestseller and many people seem to think it is so great and so deep, I found it to be very repetitive and not necessarily that well-written. I read this for my environmental book group, and probably would not have picked up such a depressing book on my own.

The basic idea is kind of interesting -- how would nature respond if people suddenly disappeared from the earth? Would the damage we caused to the environment be corrected? It's kind of a novel concept and would
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Alan Weisman's reports from around the world have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Wilson Quarterly, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, Discover, Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, and in many anthologies, in
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“Without us, Earth will abide and endure; without her, however, we could not even be.” 27 likes
“All of us humans have myriad other species to thank. Without them, we couldn't exist. It's that simple, and we can't afford to ignore them, anymore than I can afford to neglect my precious wife--nor the sweet mother Earth that births and holds us all.

Without us, Earth will abide and endure; without her, however, we could not even be.”
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