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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Capt. Charles Moore Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, which inspired a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.

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 man-made blight.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/10/2013

    " This is a must-read for all consumers of plastic and seafood. I knew some of the information but was overwhelmed by more. It has definately had an impact - I will be looking for ways to change, one small plastic footprint at a time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 11/28/2013

    " A rambling, if not very readable, look at the ocean of plastics in our oceans. Scientific data interspersed with personal narrative makes for a less journalistic-text-book-like read, and more of a detailed story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/19/2013

    " Plastics in the ocean...lots and lots of plastic...not a gentle read...but, an immensely important subject. Highly recommended even though I find this 'type' of book a reading challenge! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhan | 5/10/2013

    " Bottom line: There is no piece of plastic too small to have a devastating effect on ourselves and the environment, and our consumption (and disposal) of plastic is totally out of control. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 4/25/2013

    " This is a MUST read. I am definitely going to make an effort to use a lot less plastic. I hope Plastic Ocean sparks a movement amongst consumers to protest the use of plastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/28/2012

    " Oh my gosh! What a book! It is very upsetting to read of our destruction of the oceans with plastics. There was one spot in the book where I had to turn away for awhile until I could continue reading. I highly recommend this and also recommend learning to say no to plastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Orndorff | 7/17/2012

    " Very informative and enjoyable read. Too many people live disposable lives, the oceans are fucked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wes | 4/15/2012

    " This is an important book in the saga of man vs. nature. It is rather frightening to think that Mother Earth is in danger of being enclosed in plastic and this book spells out the problem and wonders about solutions. A good read, if rather technical. I'm not a chemistry major. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl Sato | 11/20/2011

    " A must-read for anyone concerned about the oceans and our planet. A fascinating account of the first research done on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. "

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