Ever wonder what the world would look like if people disappeared tomorrow (or in 2012, if some of those conspiracy-theorist nuts are right)? Author Alan Weisman wrote a book about it, but for those too busy to read, he’s also created a handy interactive chart that hits the highlights. Some of my favorite points: cockroaches would die off in temperate climates (like Colorado) within three years (take that you little bastards!); the Earth will begin warming due to solar expansion by the time the depleted Uranium-238 in the U.S reaches its half life; and it would take 100,000 years or more for CO2 levels to return to pre-human levels. After poking around this thing, I’m now pretty interested in actually reading the book. Which is, I suppose, the point of him making it. – Cory Casciato
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