In 2007, journalist Alan Weisman published The World Without Us. It was an international bestseller. The book tries to answer what is ultimately a simple question: What happens to the Earth if human beings disappear? Here's how Weisman puts it in the book: "Say a Homo sapiens-specific virus -- natural or diabolically nano-engineered -- picks us off but leaves everything else intact." Then what?
And over these last few months, we've gotten maybe a fraction of a percentage point there. Temporarily. Maybe not directly because of coronavirus, but indirectly because of our absence and scarceness due to stay-at-home orders and the like. And so... then what?
And so it follows: Now what?
- Beth Gardiner - Author of Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution
- Brandon Keim - A freelance journalist specializing in animals, nature, and science
- Alan Weisman - The author of six books including The World Without Us
Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.