A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, which inspired a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.
In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu with the sole intention of 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 properties 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. A call to action as urgent as Rachel Carson's seminal Silent Spring, Moore's sobering revelations will be embraced by activists, concerned parents, and seafaring enthusiasts concerned about the deadly impact and implications of this man-made blight.
©2011 Captain Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips (P)2011 Tantor
"A hero . . . Moore is the first person to have pursued serious scientific research by sampling the garbage patch." (The New York Times)
Yes I would recommend this book, on the simple fact that people really need to understand the problem of living in a generation that is very wasteful.
The moment that really caught my attention is when the author described the size of the plastic waste. Yes there are large pieces of plastic, but most of what is in the ocean is micro pieces of plastic. Also when the author talked about how fishermen dump their nets in the ocean to save on weight and space for more fish.
He was a little monotone, but in general he was okay. I wouldn’t seek him out as a narrator, but I wouldn’t stay away from a book because of him.
The tagline should be the same as the book title; it is catchy and simple.
A great introduction to one of today's major environmental problems. The author smoothly intertwines a story about a personal research project with a history of the plastics industry in the U.S. and abroad. Well worth the purchase.
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