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Posted July 7, 2012
An extremely important book
Callum Roberts presents a frightening picture of how human activity threatens the oceans and our very survival. As so often happens, short-term thinking threatens long-term survival. Whether we have reached the tipping point or not concerns Roberts as he tells the oceans' stories from the Hadean eon through today. While he holds hope for change and redemption of the seas of life, he paints a bleak picture of our mismanagement of the seas and the planet. We are not only destroying the nursery of life for creatures that inhabit the oceans, we are destroying our own nursery, our beginning. I can only hope that others choose to read what he and other leading scientists have to say and put it upon their governments and institutions to save what gave us life and will keep us alive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2012
Excellent description of serious problems
This is a really good summary of what has been happening out of sight to most of us regarding our oceans. Problems caused by overfishing, accidental bycatch, agricultural runoff, acidification and more are well described in understandable terms. Though outweighed by the bad news, there is some good news, too. The increasing use of protecting large marine reserves offers some hope for many beleaguered species. I learned a lot from this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2012
As a concerned person about the state of our environment, I try
As a concerned person about the state of our environment, I try to learn about the problems and what we can do to solve them. If 'Plastic Ocean' by Charles Moore focused on the destruction caused by the everyday plastic we throw away, 'The Ocean of Life' takes a more comprehensive view to the problems that are rapidly killing the oceanic ecosystem, from overfishing to plastics to pollution (e.g. oil spill). In a scientific and balanced tone, Professor Roberts does not demonize one or the other but reminds us that we are all culpable through our daily, careless actions that have damaging consequences on the marine life. Our insatiable appetite for fish that is depleting the marine stock; the noises from boats and submarines that are damaging to whales and dolphins; the plastics that flow into the oceans and killing birds, fish, and mammals alike; the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup that is rapidly killing sharks in a most agonizing manner; and, of course, the diseases that are rapidly killing the coral reefs and casting a dark shadow over the marine ecosystem. If things seem bleak, it's because they are unless we drastically change our ways and make some sacrifices. I recommend the book for anyone interested in learning more about the environmental issues pertaining to the oceans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.