9781583335017

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9781583335017

  • ISBN10:

    1583335013

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/4/2012
  • Publisher: Avery Trade
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Summary

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. In Plastic 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.

Author Biography

Capt. Charles Moore is a researcher and speaker focusing on the environment. He lives in Long Beach, California.

Cassandra Phillips has worked as a newspaper reporter. She lives in Kamuela, Hawaii.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Readerp. ix
A Plastic Soupp. 1
Synthetic Evolutionp. 20
Surfing the Learning Curvep. 42
Swept Away: The Oceans as Global Dumpsterp. 57
The Plastic Sea Around Usp. 75
The Invention of throwaway Livingp. 93
Harmp. 109
The Plastic Agep. 126
Gonzo Sciencep. 152
The Message Finds its Mediump. 171
Net Lossesp. 191
Indigestiblep. 210
Bad Chemistryp. 240
Debris Forensicsp. 269
Erasing Our Plastic Footprintp. 292
Refusep. 319
Afterwordp. 338
Acknowledgmentsp. 358
Sources and Resourcesp. 362
Indexp. 367
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