Plastic Ocean How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans

ISBN-10: 1583335013
ISBN-13: 9781583335017
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Description: A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age.In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu returning  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age.In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu returning home after competing in a trans-Pacific race. To get to California, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast “oceanic desert” where winds are slack and sailing ships languish. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a “plastic soup.”  He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet—a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the ocean’s food base, by a factor of six to one.InPlastic Ocean, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden proper ties of plastics. From milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough  to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled, plastic is now suspected  of contributing to a host of ailments, including  infertility, autism, thyroid  dysfunction, and some cancers. An urgent call to action, Moore’s sobering revelations will be embraced by activists, concerned  parents, and anyone concerned about the deadly impact and implications of this man-made blight.

A Note to the Reader
A Plastic Soup
Synthetic Evolution
Surfing the Learning Curve
Swept Away: The Oceans as Global Dumpster
The Plastic Sea Around Us
The Invention of throwaway Living
Harm
The Plastic Age
Gonzo Science
The Message Finds its Medium
Net Losses
Indigestible
Bad Chemistry
Debris Forensics
Erasing Our Plastic Footprint
Refuse
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Sources and Resources
Index

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