The Ocean of Life The Fate of Man and the Sea

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-05-24
  • Publisher: Viking Adult

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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.

Author Biography

Callum Roberts is the author of The Unnatural History of the Sea, a Washington Post Book of the Year and winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Professor of marine conservation at the University of York. He has appeared in several documentaries, including "America Before Columbus" and "The End of the Line," and is a board member of Seaweb, a U.S.-based environmental group. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Changing Seas
Four and a Half Billion Yearsp. 11
Food from the Seap. 27
Fewer Fish in the Seap. 42
Winds and Currentsp. 58
Life on the Movep. 80
Rising Tidesp. 90
Corrosive Seasp. 105
Dead Zones and the World's Great Riversp. 119
Unwholesome Watersp. 132
The Age of Plasticp. 149
The Not So Silent Worldp. 165
Aliens, Invaders, and the Homogenization of Lifep. 181
Pestilence and Plaguep. 198
Mare Incognitump. 213
Ecosystems at Your Servicep. 229
Changing Course
Farming the Seap. 243
The Great Cleanupp. 263
Can We Cool Our Warming World?p. 273
A New Deal for the Oceansp. 287
Life Renewedp. 307
Saving the Giants of the Seap. 319
Preparing for the Worstp. 334
Epilogue: The Sea Aheadp. 347
Seafood with a Clear Consciencep. 351
Conservation Charities Working to Protect Ocean Lifep. 355
Notesp. 361
Acknowledgmentsp. 393
Indexp. 395
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