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Alan Weisman, “World Without Us, World With Us”

by Stewart Brand on February 25th, 02010

Alan Weisman

Humanity’s impact, nature’s resilience

Weisman’s book, The World Without Us, grew out of two questions, he said. One was, “How can I write a best-seller about the environment?” The answer to that was the second question: “How would the rest of nature behave without the constant pressure we put on it?”

On the border of Ukraine and Belarus is a small intact remnant—500,000 acres—of the primordial forest that once covered Europe from Siberia to Ireland. In the Puszcza Bialowieska, with its towering ash and linden trees and dense growth…
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