A Silent Spring for oceans, written by "the Rachel Carson of the fish world" (The New York Times)
Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts—one of the world’s foremost conservation biologists—leads readers on a fascinating tour of mankind’s relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. In the process, Roberts looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilization and affected marine life.
We have always been fish eaters, from the dawn of civilization, but in the last twenty years we have transformed the oceans beyond recognition. Putting our exploitation of the seas into historical context, Roberts offers a devastating account of the impact of modern fishing techniques, pollution, and climate change, and reveals what it would take to steer the right course while there is still time. Like Four Fish and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Ocean of Life takes a long view to tell a story in which each one of us has a role to play.
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"Ocean of Life" is an excellent and engrossing work. Mr. Roberts, a British professor of marine conservation, has corralled an astonishing collection of scientific discovery, and he conveys it with non-textbook readability.Read Full Review of The Ocean of Life | See more reviews from WSJ online
Confronted by this barrage of negative data, the reader could be forgiven at times for wanting to stick to dry land.Read Full Review of The Ocean of Life
Roberts is determined to end his book on a positive note, providing positive solutions. Those problems are so disparate – and yet, ironically, so interlinked – that the reader is left with an overwhelming impression of oceanic apocalypseRead Full Review of The Ocean of Life
Although "The Ocean of Life" stumbles on the matter of fishing, there are many other issues it explores with insight and clarity, such as the impacts from climate change, chemical pollution, noise pollution and the globalization of ocean traffic.Read Full Review of The Ocean of Life
That Ocean of Life doesn’t prove as depressing as it might is partly down to Roberts’ sheer enthusiasm: even when confronted with the destruction of entire ecosystems he remains curiously upbeat.Read Full Review of The Ocean of Life
While Roberts excels at describing what has brought about our ocean of troubles, he is not a pessimist.Read Full Review of The Ocean of Life
His inisghts, condensed often from first-hand research and case-studies from all over the world, reveal the adaptive potential and strength of human ingenuity.Read Full Review of The Ocean of Life
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