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Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good introduction to ocean resources and ecosystems. Ted Danson's preface tells of a personal connection with the sea. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chad M
hope to read soon untill then i can't realy say anything yut have to save up for bookPublished 13 months ago by haylookie
This book warns of the dangers to our oceans. Offshore drilling is threatening oceanic species, including many of the fish we consume. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
like new! and I saw it in Barnes and Noble for $50! Love this site and will use this seller again. magicPublished 22 months ago by magic
I loved the book. Ted Danson illustrates effectively and understandably all the aspects which are effecting our oceans. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Presents the situation with an unbiased and scientific perspective. An important read. Just takes a small step to make an impactPublished 22 months ago by Kendra Matthews
Remains one of the best, most vivid introductions to the plight of the Global Oceans. Brilliant graphics combine with vivid personal story-telling.Published 23 months ago by Scott