Places and times without people,
real and imagined
Without Usby Alan Weisman 2007.
Site provides images of human habitat reclaimed by the natural world over
time, map of places described in the book, and podcasts of intervews with the
author. Based on best selling non-fiction book which eloquently describes
what would happen if all humans suddenly disappeared.
“Aftermath: Population Zero” Hour and a half video.
Like The World Without Us, Aftermath explores the planet after all humans instantly disappear.
“What would happen to our planet if the mighty hand of humanity simply
by Alan Weisman in Discover Magazine. February 6, 2005. Expanded into a
non-fiction book—see above.
Wire and Biodiversity” Patrick Burns briefly describes five locations
abandoned by humans where biodiversity flourishes. Reforestation
in the Americas following decimation of humanity. Tragic epidemics
following European introduction of deadly diseases to peoples of the Western
Hemisphere allowed forests to restore themselves, reducing carbon dioxide in
the atmosphere and possibly cooling the entire planet. Although not a human free time, human impact dropped dramatically.
Earth” Another Bob Holmes article in New Scientist September 30, 2009.
Long-term biosphere recovery after humans, projections based on previous mass