Topic: Pollution

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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 …

by Carole Lindstrom

“Water is alive. / Water remembers our ancestors / Who came before us, she said.”

The Wump World

by Bill Peet

“This world of our has gone sour. We’ve got to get out of here quick”

by Nicole Helget

“Mostly I wonder if I’m just wrong. I wonder if everyone thinks fracking is more important than my mushrooms, my ramps, and my beechnuts. I wonder if fracking really is more important than the bears, the coyotes, and the wild turkeys.”

The Absolute Book

by Elizabeth Knox

“He’s going to do it, she thought. God help us all. He really does mean to save the world”