The World Without Us


…Weisman is actually at his best when exploring the past, tracing the world as it was before homo sapiens to extrapolate what it might be like after homo sapiens. He conjures the mammoths and beavers (big as black bears) and sloths (big as cows) of North America in the late Pleistocene; he imagines the ancient, brooding forest that once shrouded Europe from Ireland to Siberia… Did you know that 13 million gallons of water need to be pumped out of New York City’s subway systems every day? Or that ancient underground cities are carved into the volcanic tuff of Cappadocia, Turkey?…

From a The World Without Us in the July 15 Globe.