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A Silent Spring for our era, this eloquent, urgent, fascinating book reveals how just 50 years of swift and dangerous oceanic change threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Legendary marine scientist Sylvia Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis.

In recent decades weve learned more about the ocean than in all previous human history combined. But, even as our knowledge has exploded, so too has our power to upset the delicate balance of this complex organism. Modern overexploitation has driven many species to the verge of extinction, from tiny but indispensable biota to magnificent creatures like tuna, swordfish, and great whales. Since the mid-20th century about half our coral reefs have died or suffered sharp decline; hundreds of oxygen-deprived "dead zones" blight our coastal waters; and toxic pollutants afflict every level of the food chain.

Fortunately, there is reason for hope, but what we do—or fail to do—in the next ten years may well resonate for the next ten thousand. The ultimate goal, Earle argues passionately and persuasively, is to find responsible, renewable strategies that safeguard the natural systems that sustain us. The first step is to understand and act upon the wise message of this accessible, insightful, and compelling book.

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Explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, oceanographer Earle adds blue to the green movement by explaining the importance of the earth's ocean to the health of its life. She begins by setting out the conventional vision of the ocean's limitness bounty for harvesting wildlife and infinite resiliency as the ultimate garbage disposal. Then she explains how the ocean is suffering from biodiversity loss, drilling, mining, shipping, spilling, and changing climate and chemistry. The final section surveys opportunities for reversing the tide by exploring and governing the ocean, smart aquaculture, and protective measures. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This eloquent, urgent, fascinating book reveals how just 50 years of swift and dangerous oceanic change threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Legendary marine scientist Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis.

Synopsis:

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Jesse Goossens\\\' work includes travel novels, a detective novel, works on theatre, a young adult novel and several interview collections on topics of social justice.  She also worked for a considerable time as a radio host and cultural journalist, and acted and sang for ten years in a small theatre company.  Her work is characterized by a fervent search for what moves people - their passions, their motivations, their lives.  For her book, Plastic Soup, Jesse traveled to the United  States and several European countries to interview people who are involved with the issue of plastic waste: from Captain Moore - the discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - to recyclers, from representatives of the plastic industry to delegates of environmental organizations, and from the Dutch Secretary for Environment to the director of UNEP New York.  During her travels Jesse kept a blog (www.plasticsoep.nl and www.plasticsoup.org), entries for which are in Plastic Soup.

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Synopsis:

A vast amount  of plastic waste - twice the size of the United States - is floating in the Pacific Ocean.  Welcome to the Great Pacific Garbage Path: the Plastic Soup.  Plastic is an incredible material we can't do without, but it also creates the biggest pollution problem imaginable.  This is something Jesse Goossens discovers during her travels and conversations across the United States and Europe.  Her blogs and interviews are shocking, fascinating and dismaying.  In this full-color book, she uncovers the effects of plastic waste on our health and on the environment, not only in the Pacific Ocean, but everywhere on earth.

About the Author

Sylvia A. Earle is a former NOAA chief scientist. She has led more than 60 expeditions as an oceanographer and explorer, authored 170 publications, and lectured in 70 countries. Among many other books to her credit, she is the author of Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas, with Linda K. Glover.

Table of Contents

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Interview: Captain Charles Moore-discoverer of the plastic soup- A plastic graveyard in the ocean    14

Blog: THE BEGINNING    26

Interview: Jackie Caddick-Liverpool Water Witch- on clenaing up waste from the water- A little magic and a whole lot of work     28

Blog: "YOU CAN UNDERSTAND IT, ONCE YOU GET IT"    32

Interview:  Rinus van den Berg -  DSM- on the magic of plastic- Plastic? Fantastic!   34

Blog:  A GREEN POINT   38

Interview:  Nortbert Völl & Michael Heyde - Duales System Deutschland - over de kringloop van verpakkingsmateriaal, Der Gurne Punkt- Waste is not a problem     40

Blog:  THE LAW OF THE SEA     46

Interview:  Peter Prows - lawyer - on who should clean up the plastic soup - Nobody is responsible -so we all are   48

Blog:  THE OCEAN AS MONUMENT    52

Interview:  Rudolph Eilander - architect - on a plastic island in the plastic soup -Not an illusion but a dream   54

Blog:  WALKING ON WATER      58

Interview:  Michael Biddle - MBA Polymers - on plastic recycling - Plastic becomes...plastic   60

Blog: A COLORFUL PLAN     66

Interview: Jay Golden - Gorilla in the Greenhouse - on the Internet as a means of raising awareness- Not finger-pointing, but inspiring   68

Blog:  PIMP IT UP!    72

Interview:  Ross Mirkarimi -  Superivisor District 5 San Francisco - on the ban of plastic bags - Something small with big consequences    74

Blog:  ANGELS    78

Interview:  Hidde van Kersen - Waddenvereniging - on plastic pollution in the Wadden sea - Nature Can\\\'t stand up for herself, wo we do it for her     80

Blog:  A  GRAND VIEW    84

Interview:  Jack O\\\'Neill & Dan Haifley - O\\\'Neill Sea Odyssey - on educating kids- At sea everyone is equal   86

Blog:  BACK ON EARTH   90

Interview:  John Bouterse - Envosmart - on plastic recycling - Plastic becomes...diesel      92

Blog:  ROAD TRIP   96

Interview:  Marcus Eriksen & Anna Cummins - Algalita & Bring your Own - on the struggle against plastic waste - Never give up hope   98

Blog:  PLASTIC MAFIA    108

Interview:  Anthony Zolezzi - entrepreneur-activist - on cooperation with the plastics industry - A worldwide embrace   110

Blog:  LOSER   118

Interview:  Sarah Abramson - Heal the Bay - on the need for pressure groups - There\\\'s no simple solution    120

Blog:  SICK OF PLASTIC    126

Interview:  Jacques Joosten - DPI - on the versatility of plastic - We are only at the beginning   128

Blog:  ON THE DAY OBAMA BECAME PRESIDENT   134

Interview:  Juanita Castaño - UNEP - on the role of the United Nations - Appeal to the plastics industry  136

Blog:  FRESH SNOW   140

Interview:  Albert de Hoop - KIMO - on plastic pollution in the North Sea - And I thought I knew something about the oceans..  142

Blog:  AN ACID SEA   148

Interview:  Jacqueline Cramer - VROM - on legislation addressing plastic pollutin - Let\\\'s really go for it!   150

Blog:  FIRST EXPLORATION   154

Interview:  Michael Braungart - chemicus - Cradle to Cradle - We\\\'ve talked about problems for long enough now.  It\\\'s time for solutions   160

Links  169

About ACT - A Convenient Truths   170

Photo rights   172

 

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781426205415
Author:
Earle, Sylvia A.
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Author:
Goossens, Jesse
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Oceanography
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
Marine ecology
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas
Subject:
People & Places - Other
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Translated, Illustrated
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40+ B/W PHOTOS, 2 MAPS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in
Age Level:
from 13

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"Synopsis" by , This eloquent, urgent, fascinating book reveals how just 50 years of swift and dangerous oceanic change threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Legendary marine scientist Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis.
"Synopsis" by , '\'

Jesse Goossens\\\' work includes travel novels, a detective novel, works on theatre, a young adult novel and several interview collections on topics of social justice.  She also worked for a considerable time as a radio host and cultural journalist, and acted and sang for ten years in a small theatre company.  Her work is characterized by a fervent search for what moves people - their passions, their motivations, their lives.  For her book, Plastic Soup, Jesse traveled to the United  States and several European countries to interview people who are involved with the issue of plastic waste: from Captain Moore - the discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - to recyclers, from representatives of the plastic industry to delegates of environmental organizations, and from the Dutch Secretary for Environment to the director of UNEP New York.  During her travels Jesse kept a blog (www.plasticsoep.nl and www.plasticsoup.org), entries for which are in Plastic Soup.

 \\n

\''

"Synopsis" by ,

A vast amount  of plastic waste - twice the size of the United States - is floating in the Pacific Ocean.  Welcome to the Great Pacific Garbage Path: the Plastic Soup.  Plastic is an incredible material we can't do without, but it also creates the biggest pollution problem imaginable.  This is something Jesse Goossens discovers during her travels and conversations across the United States and Europe.  Her blogs and interviews are shocking, fascinating and dismaying.  In this full-color book, she uncovers the effects of plastic waste on our health and on the environment, not only in the Pacific Ocean, but everywhere on earth.

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