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Children's Literature
Publishers of the "Opposing Viewpoints" series, of which this book is a part, have a classic and overlooked purpose: to encourage, or hone, students' critical thinking about environmental issues. In our "media intensive world," the book asserts, the problem for young people is not information but discernment. Which issues are really critical? Experts abound on the problems facing the seas; how do we decide which expert is the more credible? From the dedication to the first amendment, to the statement on the back cover ("Those who do not know their opponent's arguments do not completely understand their own."), the book lives up to its goal very well indeed. Consider the complexity of the issues in the four main chapters: how endangered are the world's oceans and coastlines? What ocean management and conservation practices should be pursued? What strategies would best sustain sustainable fishing? What impact do human activities have on marine mammals? Within each chapter are six articles (edited to make them more comprehensible to young adult readers) on three specific subjects. For instance, in the marine mammals chapter, three topics are the ban on commercial whaling, antisubmarine Sonar and its affect on marine mammals, and whether or not keeping them captive in theme parks is cruel. The articles on whaling are entitled, "The Ban on Commercial Whaling Protects Endangered Whales, " by Greenpeace, contrasted by "The Ban on Commercial Whaling is Unnecessary and Unfair," by William Aaron and William Burke, professors of law and marine affairs at the University of Washington, and by Milton Freeman, professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta. At the beginning of each article is aparagraph summarizing the authors' arguments, plus at least three questions for the reader to keep in mind. Each chapter has a preface and periodical bibliography; the book itself has an extensive general index and bibliography, information for further discussion as well as a list of organizations to contact. This is an important book and an important series, with expert authors such as Carl Safina and Richard Barber. I cannot recommend this more enthusiastically for academically gifted middle school science classes, high school general or marine science classes, or debate teams for high schools or colleges. 2004, Greenhaven Press, Ages 14 up.
—Judy Crowder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737722741
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 220
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 9
Introduction 12
Chapter 1 How Endangered Are the World's Oceans and Coastlines?
Chapter Preface 17
1. Human Activities Threaten the World's Oceans and Coastal Regions 19
2. Human Efforts Are Improving the Condition of the World's Oceans and Coastal Regions 28
3. The World's Ocean Fisheries Are Seriously Threatened 38
4. Private Conservation Offers Hope for Ocean Fisheries 45
5. Rising Sea Levels Threaten Coastal Regions 55
6. Claims That Sea Levels Are Rising Are Unproven 63
Periodical Bibliography 73
Chapter 2 What Ocean Management and Conservation Practices Should Be Pursued?
Chapter Preface 75
1. Increased Regulation of Cruise Ship Waste Is Necessary 77
2. Voluntary Efforts to Control Cruise Ship Waste Are Adequate 82
3. Ocean Fertilization Can Reduce Global Warming 89
4. Ocean Fertilization Will Harm the World's Oceans 98
Periodical Bibliography 106
Chapter 3 What Strategies Would Best Promote Sustainable Fishing?
Chapter Preface 109
1. Fully Protected Marine Reserves Will Promote Sustainable Fishing 111
2. Fully Protected Marine Reserves Do Not Always Promote Sustainable Fishing 119
3. Individual Fishing Quotas Will Benefit U.S. Fisheries 125
4. Individual Fishing Quotas May Not Benefit Fisheries 132
5. Federal Regulation of Aquaculture Is Necessary 138
6. Alternatives to Government Regulation Will Promote the Growth of Aquaculture 144
Periodical Bibliography 154
Chapter 4 What Impact Do Human Activities Have on Marine Mammals?
Chapter Preface 156
1. The Ban on Commercial Whaling Protects Endangered Whales 158
2. The Ban on Commercial Whaling Is Unnecessary and Unfair 166
3. Antisubmarine Sonar Threatens Marine Mammals 176
4. Antisubmarine Sonar Does Not Threaten Marine Mammals 182
5. Keeping Marine Mammals Captive in Theme Parks Promotes Conservation 190
6. Keeping Marine Mammals Captive in Theme Parks Is Cruel 197
Periodical Bibliography 205
For Further Discussion 207
Organizations to Contact 210
Bibliography of Books 214
Index 216
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