How would the world change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good? This is the question posed by this excellent, well researched and wide ranging book.
Weisman explores issues ranging from the long term effects of plastic pollution, climate change and radiation, whether populations of wild animals recover from overhunting, how nature would reclaim human settlements and how the landscape would change once it is no longer farmed.
He visits places as varied as the Korean demilitarised zone, Chernobyl and the Pacific Garbage Patch to examine in detail the signs that are around us of how things might look once we are no longer around.
It's a fascinating book, sometimes depressing to think of the ways in which humans have damaged the planet so much and sometimes hopeful to think that nature will probably recover pretty well once we're gone.
Well worth a read if you're interested in human impact and possible futures that our descendents might inherit.
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, published 2007 by Virgin Books on Greenpeace approved FSC certified paper.