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"Matching outrage with humor and hope, Danson provides inspiration and realistic guidelines for ending oceanic pillaging and poisoning in this engaging, alluringly illustrated volume." ---Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

TED DANSON's versatility in both television and film makes him one of the most accomplished and credible actors today. From his first feature film roles in Joseph Wambaugh's The Onion Field (1979) and Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat (1981) to his starring role in the television series Cheers, Ted Danson has captivated audiences worldwide with his equally sensational dramatic and comedic performances. Danson currently stars in HBO's Bored to Death. He recently appeared on the critically acclaimed legal drama Damages on FX, as well as HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. In addition to winning two Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards throughout his career, Danson has been nominated for twelve Emmys, eight Golden Globes, and one SAG Award.

MICHAEL D'ORSO's work includes fifteen books; seven have been bestsellers
and three have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605292625
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Important read -- Ted does a great job of letting us know about the crisis in our oceans and what we can do about it. And, the pictures, graphics make it easy to flip around. It is really something to learn that Ted has been working on this issue for 20 years. Share with your family and friends.
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Oceana is a very beautiful and informative book. I always knew things were bad in our oceans (the big plastic "island" in the pacific, coral bleaching, ocean warming, overfishing, etc), but I really didn't know how bad. The pollution issues aside, we're basically strip-mining our oceans, acting like they're a never ending source of resources. Not so much...

The book is very plainly written and the facts are laid out well and free of most jargon. This is good... this book is easily accessible to most readers. There are lots of beautiful pictures as well as scary ones. The information is laid out in a very clean fashion with stuff like charts to help the average person understand the science / figures behind everything presented.

I'd recommend this book for everyone who cares about the environment, the oceans, or just eating fish. Ted Danson does a good job in his advocacy and presents solutions for the average person to take on. I went through this book in days and often had a hard time putting it down.
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This book warns of the dangers to our oceans. Offshore drilling is threatening oceanic species, including many of the fish we consume. 90% of "big fish" species have disappeared over the last 60 years.

Of all of the living space on Earth, 1% is one land and 99% is in water. Aquatic life is threatened by human activities. For example, chemical runoff into Lake Erie has made is such aquatic life can't survive. Despite famous oil spills, such as the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 and the 171 million gallon spill in 2010 into the Gulf of Mexico, we have been slow to have a sustained reaction that creates better protections of our waters.

The U.S. is the largest petroleum consumer, urging (in 2008) 19.5 million barrels of petroleum daily, followed by China at 7.8 million barrels.

"Minor" mishaps spill 15 million gallons of oil annually in North America. In addition, toxic chemicals used in the drilling process place 90,000 tons of toxins in the lifetime of a rig into the water, as measured by rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

The book recommends decreasing fossil fuel consumption, less vehicle driving, more mass transit use, more electric or hybrid vehicles, and fewer petroleum based cosmetics.

Oxygen levels, required for aquatic life, are decreasing in oceans. The levels besides southern California have fallen almost 20% over the past quarter century. A fifth of the oceans are oxygen dead zones.

The ocean's ability to process carbonic acidity is decreasing. This is killing aquatic life. Almost 30% of all tropical reefs have disappeared in the last three decades. This upsets the ecosystem as about a quarter of all marine life relies on the coral reefs.

Overfishing is occurring.
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If you are looking for an up-to-date review of the status of the world's oceans, you should read "Oceana" by Ted Danson and Michael D'Orso. The oceans produce huge amounts of nutritious foods depended upon by millions of people, as well as large numbers of marine organisms. Although not covered in this book, the oceans, along with the forests, literally are the life's breath of the earth. Without phytoplankton we would most certainly have significantly less oxygen to breath. In "Oceana" the authors concentrate on the food web, climate change and pollution, which are certainly complicated enough to take up a library, let alone a relatively short book, so I have no problem in recommending it as a excellent overview of these problems. While oceans cover the larger part of the earth we tend to ignore them or use them as dumping grounds. If we are ever to develop a sustainable world society we need to pay attention to what is happening in the worlds oceans, as well as on land. Reading this book will help the reader at least understand what's at risk when we overfish and trash the sea! A true "tragedy of the commons."
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This has been THE most important book I have read/ listened to for the past few years (I have the audio and book version). An eye opener to the ocean's condition and what will happen if nothing is done to stop its destruction. The damage accumulating from pollution, oil drilling,over fishing, illegal fishing, ocean acidification, aquaculuture, global warming and so on, its overwhelming and depressing.

As I listened to this book I have been taking notes, posting on social media and sharing with family and friends.

Despite its depressing facts, the message Ted Danson bring is that there are many practical, every day solutions that we can take part of. Be informed, take action, know the facts.
This book is so important, I have bought few copies (2nd hand) and I am planning on giving them as gifts. I wish I have read this book long ago
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