Plastic Ocean by Charles Moore audiobook

Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans

By Capt. Charles Moore , with  Cassandra Phillips
Read by Mel Foster

Tantor Audio 9781583334249

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200087822

  • ISBN: 9798200087815

  • ISBN: 9798200087839

Runtime: 12.51 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu with the sole intention of returning home after competing in a trans-Pacific race. To get to California, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast "oceanic desert" where winds are slack and sailing ships languish. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a "plastic soup." He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet—a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the ocean's food base, by a factor of six to one. In Plastic Ocean, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden properties of plastics. From milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled, plastic is now suspected of contributing to a host of ailments including infertility, autism, thyroid dysfunction, and some cancers. A call to action as urgent as Rachel Carson's seminal Silent Spring, Moore's sobering revelations will be embraced by activists, concerned parents, and seafaring enthusiasts concerned about the deadly impact and implications of this manmade blight.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A hero . . . Moore is the first person to have pursued serious scientific research by sampling the garbage patch. The New York Times
“An ocean hero’s call to action.” Forbes
“Highly readable, thoughtful, honest, and determined, Plastic Ocean is a book with staying power.” Booklist
“The author is an impassioned, fiercely inquisitive writer, detailing the many unorthodox ways he’s managed to get these issues into the news and in peer-reviewed science journals. His account is chilling, but with an underlying message of optimism: If human behaviors change, we can still save the oceans, and ourselves. Fast-paced and electrifying, Moore’s story is ‘gonzo science’ at its best.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Capt. Charles Moore

Author Bio: Capt. Charles Moore

Captain Charles Moore founded the Algalita Marine Research Foundation In 1994. In 1995 he launched his aluminum hulled research vessel, Alguita, in Hobart, Tasmania. Since then he has logged over 100,000 miles of research voyages aboard. His 1999 study shocked the scientific world when it found six times more plastic fragments by weight in the surface waters of the central Pacific than the associated zooplankton. His second paper found that plastic outweighs zooplankton by a factor of 2.5 in the surface waters of Southern California.Those papers on oceanic plastic particulate pollution contributed to his reputation as a world-renowned investigator in this field. His study of discharges by plastic processors resulted in the passage of a “Nurdle Bill” to prohibit the discharge of pre-production plastic pellets in the state of California. His work has been featured on Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, Nightline, The Colbert Report, and the National Geographic special Strange Days on Planet Earth.

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Author Bio: Cassandra Phillips

Author Bio: Cassandra Phillips

Cassandra Phillips has had a circuitous career path that includes newspaper reporting, movie reviewing, script development in the film industry, literary agency submission evaluation, co-ownership of commercial orchid nurseries in California and Hawaii, USDA-funded horticulture research, and coauthorship of two books: The Passion Paradox: Patterns of Love and Power in Intimate Relationships, with Dean Delis, PhD, and Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, with Capt. Charles Moore. She also coauthored, with David Boxer, the first, much-cited critical article about Raymond Carver—Voyeurism, Dissociation and the Art of Raymond Carver. She attended Smith, graduated in English from Pomona, spent time in UCLA’s MFA scriptwriting program, and earned a master’s in journalism at UC Berkeley. She and her husband, a noted hybridizer, currently operate an orchid nursery on the Big Island, but anticipate rejoining family in California in the near future—as they have for the past fifteen years. They have two children, a son, Billy, and a daughter, Keely.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 12.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English