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World Without Fish

by Mark Kurlansky

“You cannot afford to be passive. … The survival of not only the oceans but of our world is at stake” World without Fish provides an accessible overview of the cluster of human-driven challenges that threaten the survival of life in our oceans. From overfishing, marine pollution, and climate change to market competition for dwindling resources and our ignorance of the complexity of relations among different marine forms (see biodiversity), Kurlansky drives home the point that unless we start treating our oceans differently by mid-century we may lose most of the commercial fish species we currently catch for food. As he introduces the book: “This is the story of how the Earth could be destroyed by well-meaning people who fail to solve the problem simply because their calculations are wrong” (x). Kurlansky brings up several specific examples of how miscalculations in the past, based on a naive assumption that ocean’s …

One Earth, cover

by Megan Herbert, Michael E. Mann

“I’m just a kid. What can I do? / Someone must help us. It’s now up to you.”