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Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean [Paperback]

Alanna Mitchell
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1 April 2009
You thought the climate was the problem? Actually, it's the ocean. Read for the first time how the global ocean - 99 per cent of the planet's living space - is undergoing vast chemical changes at the hand of man and why that matters. While tremendous attention and money have been devoted to saving animals and plants on land, the deterioration of the oceans has been going on in secret, and scientists are just beginning to understand the extent of the crisis. "Seasick" is the first comprehensive account which pieces together the latest discoveries, theories and findings. What are we doing to the seas? What does this mean to the future of life on earth? "Seasick" will explain. Written by a journalist who has traveled around the world to provide the big picture, this book will forever change the way you see your planet. This is ecology at its best, as well as a thrilling adventure story.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851686789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851686780
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is often said that our oceans are less understood than the surface of the moon. Alanna Mitchell's informative and deeply moving book gives a wonderful portrait of a global marine ecosystem that desperately needs both greater popular understanding and international protection against looming catastrophe." --Mark Lynas, Environmentalist and author of 'Six Degrees'

"Alanna Mitchell sails, snorkels and dog-paddles the oceans with swashbuckling scientists who are growing very scared at the crisis in the deeps, and what it means for us land-lubbers. Bottom line: it looks like the planet has got the bends." --Fred Pearce, environment writer and author of 'Confessions of an Eco Sinner'

"Even people concerned about climate change and the environment usually take the good health of life in the oceans for granted. In this lively anecdotal and often alarming book, Alanna Mitchell shows how wrong they are in simple very personal terms. Life began in the oceans, and life elsewhere stil depends on what happens there. When ocean chemistry changes, as it is now doing under human influcence, it may take forms that make us and other organisms worse than seasick. Read about it." --Sir Crispin Tickell, Former Chairman of both the Board of the Climate Institute of Washington DC and the International Institute for Environment and Development


"The net [Mitchell] has sewn in this book, connecting disparate scientists and compiling isolated strands of evidence, is an important one"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for anyone interested in the oceans 22 Jan 2010
My interest in the sea has come from a general environmental awareness and a mild obsession with the fact that the human race is busy wiping out all the fish in the oceans and seas through over-fishing. Anyway, so when I saw Seasick in a bookshop I grabbed it.
Anyone vaguely interested in the environment, global warming and the oceans should read this great book. It is first and foremost an easy read, so although it covers many scientifically contentious issues it is not fighting an academic battle that would make it a hard slog to get through. What it does do is paint a terrifying picture of what is happening to the oceans, and probably the planet in a measured and unassuming but investigative style. By using anecdotal evidence and the covering the views of scientists trying to work out what is happening to the oceans you are left to contemplate the potential impact on the planet that will occur. It is clear that climate change and human pollution is damaging the oceans and we don't really understand what the real impact will be.
You are left at the end of this book to make up your own mind, which has rather scary consequences.
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