Plastic Ocean How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans
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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 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.
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Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
|A Note to the Reader|
|A Plastic Soup|
|Surfing the Learning Curve|
|Swept Away: The Oceans as Global Dumpster|
|The Plastic Sea Around Us|
|The Invention of throwaway Living|
|The Plastic Age|
|The Message Finds its Medium|
|Erasing Our Plastic Footprint|
|Sources and Resources|