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SciAm Video: The Earth Without Humans

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Uploaded on Jul 13, 2007

What would happen if all humans on Earth suddenly disappeared? What would that say about our current impact on the planet? These are the question Alan Weisman asked, and answered, in his new book The World without Us.

In the July 2007 issue of Scientific American, Steve Mirsky interviewed Weissman, and the result is a fascinating "what if" scenario that reveals just how quickly things would unravel without our constant attention.

Check out the video, below, that explains what would happen to New York in the absence of humans. If you'd like to explore the subject in depth, there's also an interactive timeline complete with audio commentary from Weisman.

Visit www.sciam.com and www.worldwithoutus.com

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