The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea (2020)

The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea Callum Roberts The Ocean of Life The Fate of Man and the Sea 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 hy
  • Title: The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea
  • Author: Callum Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780670023547
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Hardcover
The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea Callum Roberts 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 earlieA 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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  1. Max

    Roberts shows us just how dramatic the changes to sea life have been in the last century Overfishing and destructive wasteful fishing methods combined with climate change and pollution have greatly reduced the abundance of marine life at a time when a rapidly growing world population needs these resources than ever The fishing industry s answer has been ever exploitive methods as yields decline There are organizations and governments taking measures to save ocean life, but these efforts so far [...]

  2. Scot Parker

    This is a marvelously articulate, engaging, and accessible presentation of the myriad impacts the human race is having on the world s oceans In the first chapter, Roberts quickly takes the reader through the pre human history of the world beginning with the formation of the oceans 4.4 billion years ago and finishing with the end Permian extinction that marks the beginning of the Triassic He then skips a few or a few million years and spends the next chapter describing the history of human intera [...]

  3. Chrisl

    Quotes Chapter 2 Food from the Sea Anthropology and archeology have long been in thrall to an image of early humans as big game hunters of the open plains Game hunter thinking has us evolving from tree dwellers into savannah dwellers who started to walk on two legs This view of human origins has a certain mythological ring to it, suggesting as it does that our plucky species succeeded in a heroic struggle against long odds But the story has holes we have a mixture of adaptations that make little [...]

  4. Griffith

    Fant stico libro que conciencia acerca del estado los oc anos del planeta y los peligros del cambio clim tico, desde la sobrepesca a la acidificaci n del oc ano, pasando por la contaminaci n de este tanto por vertidos contaminantes como por la invasi n del pl stico en el mar.Mantiene un tono de alerta realista y serio, explica los inminentes peligros y etapas de cambio catastr ficas que probablemente ocurran a finales de este siglo, no obstante tampoco llega a mostrase apocal ptico o desesperanz [...]

  5. Hannah Oakie

    The Ocean of Life provided extremely useful information regarding my Capstone Research project The first half of the book basically explains how humans have negatively affected the ocean and what has happened because of it It gave me a better understanding for what some of the big issues are with the oceans and why they are occurring It was most interesting when he would use statistics that were easy to understand The author, Callum Roberts, is a marine conservation biologist in the Environment [...]

  6. Baal Of

    Apparently I like to read depressing non fiction, and here s another in a long line of books articulating just how badly we humans are fucking the environment This one is particularly distressing, because most people just blithely assume we can do whatever the fuck we want to the ocean and it will just absorb and fix it, because of its vastness And then there s the substantial number of people who still fucking deny climate change, or when backed into a corner move to denying that it s anthropog [...]

  7. John

    A great overview of the ways in which people interact with the sea and some of the wonders hidden beneath the waves The book can be depressing in parts if only because it doesn t shy away from the fact that humans are doing immeasurable damage to the oceans The part about the tuna bycatch is horrifying Overall Callum Roberts has written a knowledgeable and engaging book that I highly recommend.

  8. Alisha Kennedy

    Although the cover suggests it, this book is not just about the oceans and it s wonderful inhabitants It s about the good of our whole planet and what we can do to stop the temperature rise, pollution, over fishing, etc Everyone should read this book and see what s really happening to the planet and what we are leaving our future generations.

  9. Jonathan Parker

    The Ocean of Life The Fate of Man and the Sea was written by Callum Roberts I picked this book because the theme of this quarters book was an issue that is important in today s society The issue I picked was ocean conservation I believe this book was going to promising The only thing was that the first couple of chapters all it talks about is how the Earth and the oceans were created It talks about nothing of ocean conservation This book in my opinion doesn t focus on the important issue of ocea [...]

  10. Ticklish Owl

    You might also enjoy The Unnatural History of the Sea Silent Spring The Sea Around Us Under the Sea Wind The Edge of the Sea The World Is Blue How Our Fate and the Ocean s Are One Song for the Blue Ocean Four Fish The Future of the Last Wild Food Chasing Coral documentary

  11. Paul

    A very well written book about a very tough subject.Roberts manages to convey the crisis of the oceans that is almost on us with sparkling clarity He doesn t over complicate the subject, but writes with an urgency and a passion.The chapters are quite gloomy when you consider how bad the seas are He covers the amount of rubbish, in particular plastics that are in the sea, the steady acidification due to the water absorbing carbon dioxide relentlessly He covers the scandalous trade in sharks fin, [...]

  12. Lars

    An clearly structured overview of all the stresses on the oceans of Earth It is an amazing work for anyone with an interest in the ocean.The writer uses many different examples and this ensures rich reading, but I though he takes just a bit too long before moving in the solutions And even in the solutions, I felt a bit short changed as the solution focus mainly on overfishing and the protection of habitat, rather than noise pollution, acidification of the ocean and plastic.

  13. P D

    Many people think of the oceans as a remote and incidental feature of our world Their importance is felt in a physical sense, but people don t realize how much we all owe to life in the sea Humanity is in retreat all over the world It seems incredible to me that anyone could doubt the reality of climate change, or the pressing need to use and reuse our resources efficiently than we have been doing so since the beginning of recorded history But those people are out there, and Roberts, being on t [...]

  14. Daniel Deacon

    I very much enjoyed reading this book However, as a novice in this field, there was a lot of information to consider and digest So at points the book felt a touch heavy Although this didn t detract from Callum Roberts clear passion for the ocean and its protection I would recommend this book to anyone interested in protecting and understanding our ocean I will likely re read this book.

  15. Michaela (Kylia)

    In this book, Roberts does an amazing job of really showing just how for gone our environment is, however he offers factual information and wonderful suggestions on how to improve our seas I also really enjoyed the appendix that gave amazing advice on purchasing and eating seafood responsibly A must read for any aspiring marine biologist or conservationist.

  16. David Kirchman

    It s only possible to read about the horrific things we are afflicting on the oceans because of the beautiful language and writing and the many fascinating stories of life in the oceans.

  17. Leah

    There is a tide in the affairs of men In this book, Callum Roberts sets out to argue the case that man is damaging the oceans of the world in ways that may be irreversible if not addressed quickly and determinedly Prof Roberts track record as a marine biologist and environmentalist is impressive as well as a Hardy fellowship in conservation biology at Harvard University, he was awarded a fellowship by the Pew Environment Group, one of the organisations behind the setting up of the new Global Oce [...]

  18. Jo Bennie

    This is a clarion call to action by a Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York Much of his prose is a slow read because he writes as a scientist, there are few quick soundbites, just a mountain of evidence with regard to how the seas have changed since humans evolved He takes us through all the science of oceanography and marine biology, winds and currents, tides, deoxygenation, dead zones, disease and marine farming, history, acidity and warming with remarkably little repetiti [...]

  19. Katherine

    In short please read this It s important to understand what s going on in our oceans.A recent issue of the Economist focused on this book, and as I was looking for a comprehensive overview of the state of our oceans, I picked it up at the library The first part of The Ocean of Life goes into detail on the problems that humans have created overfishing to the point that we don t even realize the abundance of fish that used to be in the sea pollution such as plastics, nutrient flows from agricultur [...]

  20. Andrew Dale

    This book is not really for the faint of heart It is set in two parts the first, Changing Oceans , catalogues to exhaustive extent the many ways in which humanity is trashing the oceans that sustain the planet.Some of the topics covered include humanity s prehistoric relationship with the seas, fishing, effects of climate on the ocean including changing currents and rising sea levels, rising acidity, dead zones, the accumulation of trash in the seas, noise pollution, invasive species, new diseas [...]

  21. Magpie

    The pressures of humanity are destroying our oceans and the creatures that live within Have we passed the point of no return Probably Should this be a burning issue for every responsible government on the planet Yes, but it probably won t be because that would involve admitting culpability and committing to a shared action plan for the future that would involve sacrifice and cost To paraphrase sapiens Harari then why didn t humans abandon overfishing etc Partly because it took generations for th [...]

  22. Enikő

    When I first read this book, I learned so much, I didn t even know where to start when talking about it Since then, a lot of the issues it discusses have hit the headlines, such as microbeads, which I hadn t heard of before reading this book two years ago, but which I have heard of a lot since then.This is all so fascinating, and so IMPORTANT not to mention often shocking that I reread it and took notes again I suggest you do the same You owe it to yourself and to the planet.Some of the things y [...]

  23. Anne

    Hmm This was a very hard book to rate, simply because of the subject matter It is very well written and presents thorough information about the history of our Earth and oceans, and how mankind has impacted our seas throughout time Callum Roberts, a marine scientist, paints a grim picture of what could happen if we do not become proactive with conservation efforts to make changes that will affect marine life, and ultimately, our own lives These are sobering thoughts, but ones that we need to con [...]

  24. Chris

    This book should be required, not just recommended, reading for every government minister throughout the world.It describes with terrifying detail how we are systematically destroying our enviroment, concentrating on the seas Mostly rather depressing and frightening, there is some slight optimism towards the end of the book, as some governments and organisations are creating protected areas within the oceans.I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in our environment, fishing, the [...]

  25. Arlo

    Don t be intimidated by the first couple chapters, most of the book is in layman s terms and even if you absorb just a little of the first few chapters you will have learned something Callum Roberts Sees man on the precipice of destroying changing the oceans and environment in an unprecedented way He lays out an interesting and at times entertaining argument He s also optimistic that man can get this under control and advert this foreseeable disaster.Anyhow this book will arm you with enough inf [...]

  26. Paul

    This is the most important book I read this year In addition to being full of fascinating knowledge, WTF are we doing to our oceans I had no idea we were being such awful stewards of this part of our planet Please read it, and then tell your friends to do the same.It s not just a litany of environmental devastation I learned so many things about one of the most important pieces of our planet Example How much have sea levels changed over the last 100,000 years How many times, and with what conseq [...]

  27. Tom Bennett

    This book is incredibly hard to read Which is a strange thing to say, as it s fantastically well written and very well researched Professor Roberts brings together so many strands of thought and many branches of science to present a clear, considered perspective on the state of the world s seas and oceans What makes this a hard read is the relentless roll of bad news, and examples of human mistreatment of the seas With the exception of a reference to the comedic acquatic ape theory, I found this [...]

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