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The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are Oneby Sylvia A. Earle
Synopses & Reviews
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. Legendarymarine scientist Sylvia Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis.
In recent decades we've learned more about the ocean than in all previous humanhistory 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 tinybut 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 deadzones 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 nextten 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. Thefirst step is to understand and act upon the wise message of this accessible, insightful, and compelling book.
Traces the oceanic changes that have taken place in the last half-century and why they are posing a global catastrophe, in a cautionary photographic report that conveys the author's impassioned call for responsible and renewable strategies to safeguard the planet's natural systems.
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
Foreword / Bill McKibben — Why care that the world is blue? — Perspective — The vision : limitless ocean bounty, infinite resiliency. Taking wildlife I : the mammals ; Taking wildlife II : the fish ; Taking wildlife III : the shellfish ; The ultimate garbage disposal — The reality : the ocean is in trouble, therefore, so are we. Biodiversity loss : unraveling the fabric of life in the sea ; Drilling, mining, shipping, spilling ; Changing climate, changing chemistry — Now is the time : opportunities for action. Exploring the ocean ; Governing the ocean ; Smart aquaculture ; Protecting the ocean — TED talk — Protected marine sites — Chart assessing progress toward global marine protection targets — Marine protected areas maps.
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