The researcher who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—and remains one of today's key advocates for plastic pollution awareness—inspires a fundamental rethinking of the modern Plastic Age.
In 1997, environmentalist Charles Moore discovered the world's largest collection of floating trash—the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ("GPGP")—while sailing from Hawaii to California. Moore was shocked by the level of pollution that he saw. And in the last 20 years, it's only gotten worse—a 2018 study has found that the vast dump of plastic waste swirling in the Pacific Ocean is now bigger than France, Germany, and Spain combined—far larger than previously feared.
In Plastic Ocean, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life of plastics. From milk jugs and abandoned fishing gear to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin and be unknowingly inhaled, plastic is now suspected of contributing to a host of ailments, including infertility, autism, thyroid dysfunction, and certain cancers. An urgent call to action, Plastic Ocean's sobering revalations have been embraced by activists, concerned parents, and anyone alarmed by the deadly impact and implications of this man-made environmental catastrophe.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Capt. Charles Moore is a researcher and speaker focusing on the environment. He lives in Long Beach, California.
Cassandra Phillips has worked as a newspaper reporter. She lives in Kamuela, Hawaii.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader ix
1 A Plastic Soup 1
2 Synthetic Evolution 20
3 Surfing the Learning Curve 42
4 Swept Away: The Oceans as Global Dumpster 57
5 The Plastic Sea Around Us 75
6 The Invention of throwaway Living 93
7 Harm 109
8 The Plastic Age 126
9 Gonzo Science 152
10 The Message Finds its Medium 171
11 Net Losses 191
12 Indigestible 210
13 Bad Chemistry 240
14 Debris Forensics 269
15 Erasing Our Plastic Footprint 292
16 Refuse 319
Sources and Resources 362
What People are Saying About This
"A hero . . . Moore is the first person to have pursued serious scientific research by sampling the garbage patch." -The New York Times