The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's are One

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National Geographic Books, 2009 - Nature - 303 pages
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A Silent Spring for our era, this eloquent, urgent, fascinating book reveals how just 50 years of swift and dangerous oceanic change threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Legendary marine scientist Sylvia Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis.

In recent decades we've learned more about the ocean than in all previous human history combined. But, even as our knowledge has exploded, so too has our power to upset the delicate balance of this complex organism. Modern overexploitation has driven many species to the verge of extinction, from tiny but indispensable biota to magnificent creatures like tuna, swordfish, and great whales. Since the mid-20th century about half our coral reefs have died or suffered sharp decline; hundreds of oxygen-deprived "dead zones" blight our coastal waters; and toxic pollutants afflict every level of the food chain.

Fortunately, there is reason for hope, but what we do?or fail to do?in the next ten years may well resonate for the next ten thousand. The ultimate goal, Earle argues passionately and persuasively, is to find responsible, renewable strategies that safeguard the natural systems that sustain us. The first step is to understand and act upon the wise message of this accessible, insightful, and compelling book.
 

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Contents

Foreword Bill McKibben
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LIMITLESS OCEAN BOUNTY INFINITERESILIENCY
23
THE REALITY THE00EAN IS INTROUBLE THEREFORE SOAREWE
113
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION
179
Acknowledgments
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Sylvia A. Earle is a former NOAA chief scientist. She has led more than 60 expeditions as an oceanographer and explorer, authored 170 publications, and lectured in 70 countries. Among many other books to her credit, she is the author of Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas, with Linda K. Glover.

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