Ocean of Life The Fate of Man and the Sea

ISBN-10: 067002354X
ISBN-13: 9780670023547
Edition: 2012
Authors: Callum Roberts
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Description: A Silent Spring for oceans, written by "the Rachel Carson of the fish world" (The New York Times)Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts—one of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/24/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

A Silent Spring for oceans, written by "the Rachel Carson of the fish world" (The New York Times)Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts—one of the world’s foremost conservation biologists—leads readers on a fascinating tour of mankind’s relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. In the process, Roberts looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilization and affected marine life.We have always been fish eaters, from the dawn of civilization, but in the last twenty years we have transformed the oceans beyond recognition. Putting our exploitation of the seas into historical context, Roberts offers a devastating account of the impact of modern fishing techniques, pollution, and climate change, and reveals what it would take to steer the right course while there is still time. Like Four Fish and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Ocean of Life takes a long view to tell a story in which each one of us has a role to play.

Prologue
Changing Seas
Four and a Half Billion Years
Food from the Sea
Fewer Fish in the Sea
Winds and Currents
Life on the Move
Rising Tides
Corrosive Seas
Dead Zones and the World's Great Rivers
Unwholesome Waters
The Age of Plastic
The Not So Silent World
Aliens, Invaders, and the Homogenization of Life
Pestilence and Plague
Mare Incognitum
Ecosystems at Your Service
Changing Course
Farming the Sea
The Great Cleanup
Can We Cool Our Warming World?
A New Deal for the Oceans
Life Renewed
Saving the Giants of the Sea
Preparing for the Worst
Epilogue: The Sea Ahead
Seafood with a Clear Conscience
Conservation Charities Working to Protect Ocean Life
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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