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Dark Side of the Ocean: The Destruction of Our Seas, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It

Dark Side of the Ocean: The Destruction of Our Seas, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It

by Albert Bates


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Our oceans face levels of devastation previously unknown in human history--from pollution, from overfishing, and through damage to delicate aquatic ecosystems affected by global warming. Ocean biodiversity is being decimated on par with the fastest rates of rain forest destruction. More than 80 per cent of pollutants in the oceans come from sewage and other land-based runoff (some of it radioactive). The rest is created by waste dumped by commercial and recreational vessels. In many areas and for many fish stocks, there are no conservation or management measures existing or even planned. Climate author Albert Bates explains how ocean life maintains adequate oxygen levels, prevents erosion from storms, and sustains a vital food source that factory fishing operations cannot match--and why that should matter to all of us, whether we live near the ocean or not. He presents solutions for changing the human impact on marine reserves, improving ocean permaculture, and putting the brakes on the ocean heat waves that destroy sea life and imperil human habitation at the ocean's edge.

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ISBN-13: 9781570673948
Publisher: Book Publishing Company, The
Publication date: 08/01/2020
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction iv

Part 1 The Essential Oceans

Chapter 1 We Are the Salt of the Sea 1

Chapter 2 The Great Blue Highway 9

Part 2 Our Footprint on Ocean Life

Chapter 3 Emptying the Ocean 19

Chapter 4 Blizzards of the Deep 29

Part 3 The Heavy Hand of Pollution

Chapter 5 Radioactivity 39

Chapter 6 The Sounds of Silence 47

Chapter 7 Sea Sickness 53

Chapter 8 Oxygen and Acid 61

Part 4 In Hot Water

Chapter 9 The Whale's Tale 71

Chapter 10 Ice Water 81

Chapter 11 Sea Rise 87

Chapter 12 Marine Heat Waves 97

Part 5 The Inequity of Extraction

Chapter 13 Geoengineering 103

Chapter 14 Mining the Seabed 111

Part 6 Intensive Care

Chapter 15 Ridge to Reef 117

Chapter 16 Reversing Climate Change 125

Conclusion 136

References 140

Index 144

About the Author 159

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