Alanna Mitchell is an environmental reporter For this book, she travelled worldwide to ask questions of and be along for the ride with some scientists as they do their research The focus is on the ocean, and how the health of the ocean can indicate the trouble our world is in from everything humans have done to tax it Mitchell travels to the Great Barrier Reef explains plankton and what it means for the ocean sees the blob in the Gulf of Mexico, where there should be life, but because of a lack of oxygen, there is none investigates the pH level of the oceans goes to see corals spawning investigates fish farming and I found it very interesting Some of it, I ve head a little bit about before I think she explains things in a fairly simple, straightforward, easy to understand manner It s a great book, that will hopefully open up people s eyes to what we are doing to our planet, including to the life in the oceans surrounding us and we are affecting the oceans much than we might think. Fantastic book, great overview of all of the different issues plaguing our oceans Each topic addressed is short, sweet, to the point, giving you all the information needed to be informed without fluff. Book ♣ Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean ⚉ All Life Whether On Land Or In The Sea Depends On The Oceans For Two Things Oxygen Most Of Earth S Oxygen Is Produced By Phytoplankton In The Sea These Humble, One Celled Organisms, Rather Than The Spectacular Rain Forests, Are The True Lungs Of The Planet Climate Control Our Climate Is Regulated By The Ocean S Currents, Winds, And Water Cycle ActivitySea Sick Is The First Book To Examine The Current State Of The World S Oceans The Great Unexamined Ecological Crisis Of The Planet And The Fact That We Are Altering Everything About Them Temperature, Salinity, Acidity, Ice Cover, Volume, Circulation, And, Of Course, The Life Within ThemAlanna Mitchell Joins The Crews Of Leading Scientists In Nine Of The Global Ocean S Hotspots To See Firsthand What Is Really Happening Around The World Whether It S The Impact Of Coral Reef Bleaching, The Puzzle Of The Oxygen Less Dead Zones Such As The One In The Gulf Of Mexico, Or The Shocking Implications Of The Changing Ph Balance Of The Sea, Mitchell Explains The Science Behind The Story To Create An Engaging, Accessible Yet Authoritative Account From The Hardcover Edition The Music Shop One Celled Organisms The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency Rather Than The Spectacular Rain Forests The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke Are The True Lungs Of The Planet Climate Control Our Climate Is Regulated By The Ocean S Currents The Fifth Sorceress Winds The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke And Water Cycle ActivitySea Sick Is The First Book To Examine The Current State Of The World S Oceans The Great Unexamined Ecological Crisis Of The Planet And The Fact That We Are Altering Everything About Them Temperature The World of Poo Salinity The Gamble: General David Petraeus & the American Military Adventure in Iraq 2006-08 Acidity The Cry of the Halidon Ice Cover The Long Valley Volume The Heavenly Table Circulation Za Za, emperador de Ibiza And The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 Of Course Too Bad to Die : A Novel The Life Within ThemAlanna Mitchell Joins The Crews Of Leading Scientists In Nine Of The Global Ocean S Hotspots To See Firsthand What Is Really Happening Around The World Whether It S The Impact Of Coral Reef Bleaching Texas! Sage The Puzzle Of The Oxygen Less Dead Zones Such As The One In The Gulf Of Mexico The World Of Homosexuals Or The Shocking Implications Of The Changing Ph Balance Of The Sea There Was an Old Witch Mitchell Explains The Science Behind The Story To Create An Engaging The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State Accessible Yet Authoritative Account From The Hardcover Edition Want to know the facts on about our climate A very difficult read at times due to the concern that we are not doing enough to protect our planet It tells the facts from marine biologists the world over very clearly however and is a must read. This is an incredible read It amazed me, taught me so much, and scared the crap out of me Mitchell outlines her expedition across the world s oceans in order to find out what is really going on She paints the portrait of the ocean as one single entity that is ill, and she takes a brief but thorough and engaging look at each vital sign of the ocean Oxygen levels, pH, metabolism and fecundity, as well as the Life Force of the ocean and how overfishing has affected the body as a whole The lessons are harsh, and the future looks quite difficult I am reading this book at the right time Currently, members of Congress and Republican Presidential Candidates in the United States are attacking the Environmental Protection Agency They claim it is a bureaucratic, job killing superpower that has been forever stamping on the constitutional rights of our wonderful and smart citizens Any citizen who would believe that garbage deserves to be represented by garbage It was depressing for me to read Chapter 8 about China Although they are currently rapidly become one of the worst offenders, they also appear to be pushing toward a conscientious age, priding themselves on how green technologies are being considered in industry The United States, however, is being pushed further backwards to the dark ages Politicians and citizens are hushing up the scientists who are being revered elsewhere in the world Intellectual is a bad word Science is a false prophet meant to dethrone Jesus The apocalypse is coming, so we should all just look to the sky and pray for streets of gold This is foolishness And we are electing these foolish people to office Where are the physicists, biologists and astro biologists in politics Have we become allergic to wisdom I must say, I have a difficult time drumming up the hope that Mitchell pulls out of the magic hat in the final chapter The United States just isn t with it, and I feel sorry for us I didn t mean to turn a review into a political rant, but I can t help it Her book makes me happy that there are still good people out there, scientists and scholars who are really getting to the root of the issues and finding out everything we need to know This book is insightful and well done, and I think everyone should read it, especially young people The science is not too difficult for those with a basic knowledge of scientific principles to grasp, but I do believe the basic foundation is essential in this case. So important So well described Words that are attention getting and yet, easy to understand I am grateful for this read Profoundly grateful. Sea Sick is the first book to examine the current state of the world s oceans the great unexamined ecological crisis of the planet and the fact that we are altering everything about them temperature, salinity, acidity, ice cover, volume, circulation, and, of course, the life within them Alanna Mitchell joins the crews of leading scientists in nine of the global ocean s hotspots to see firsthand what is really happening around the world Whether it s the impact of coral reef bleaching, the puzzle of the oxygen less dead zones such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico, or the shocking implications of the changing Ph balance of the sea, Mitchell explains the science behind the story to create an engaging, accessible yet authoritative account This is a serious book about the effects humans have made upon the ocean Early on in the book Ms Mitchell described a conversation with Tim Flannery wherein he related the ocean contained the switch of life The switch can be turned off, and life as we know it will die Humans will be forced to adapt to a new way of life.In a middle chapter, Ms Mitchell relates information obtained from marine biologists at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia about the collapse of arctic cod due to over fishing The study revealed that populations of the larger predator fish in the ocean have decreased by 90% in five decades since modern industrial fishing became popular Those predator fish presently in the ocean are smaller than their earlier representatives.As humans are a part of nature they need to take a serious and thoughtful look at the oceans, which provide most of the air humans breathe Reading this book will help you become aware of the path we have set ourselves upon one of no return unless we do something to change the direction The first step is for each human to make a concerted effort in their own life to change, and then to get others involved. It s been six years since I read this book and it s had a lasting effect on my life It had such a striking effect on me when that I stopped eating seafood after putting down the book It was like a switch was flipped off I loved sushi, salmon and many other bounties found within our oceans including the Orange Roughy we used to eat when we were kids, but I just couldn t do it any Before you say it, I know that the livestock industry has similar ethical and environmental issues which also need to be addressed, but that s an entirely different bookAlana doesn t pull any punches as she relates the real changes going on in our oceans due to human activity This topic is as relevant now as it was six years ago as coral reefs are continuing to die, the already huge dead zones in the ocean continue to grow and our fisheries continue to be exploited to the verge of collapse It s difficult to grasp the scale at which our actions are causing these changes, but that s no reason to ignore it The oceans are a vital part of our existence and if food chains collapse within them, we will see far reaching problems here on land. I firmly believe that climate is changing There are many moral, religious, and political debates about whether global climate change is actually occurring, what the cause of that change is, and at what rate the changes are happening, but scientists overwhelmingly agree that change is occurring What few people realize is that the oceans are taking a bit hit.Mitchell does a great job of explaining many of the challenges facing our oceans in an easy to understand and accessible manner She follows scientists from around the world as they conduct their research and gets first hand insight to issues such as ocean acidification, changing current flows, and warming waters And, as the 2010 winner of the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, other people must have felt the same way.I really enjoyed that Ms Mitchell chose to follow scientists that I actually know and with whom I have worked Of the ones I do not know personally, I am very familiar with their research and publications they are celebrities of science I understood the science they were conducting and frustrations they felt with trying to convey the importance of their message to the general public What I did not like about this book was that I felt she took a very alarmist view Do I think we need to change our environmental policies Yes Do I think that if we do not that we are in for a very uncertain future Yes But, I am also realistic and acknowledge that we are not going to change overnight People have a hard time focusing on saving the oceans when they are unemployed, are recovering from natural disasters, or are struggling with illness Unfortunately, the tone of Ms Mitchell s book ends up coming off as a bit desperate, a bit hysterical, and she managed to actually bring out the skeptic in this believer Definitely an interesting and informative read that may provide new information to readers not so entrenched in the marine field Her personal interactions and stories with people and places adds a nice touch, but I urge you to have a companion read to this to balance out some of her bleak outlook. I highly recommend this book to anyone but be prepared to be scared The reasons I loved this book is because Mitchell s writing style is so easy to read and so real She wrote about all the problems with the ocean today in a way I could fully understand and therefore see the end result if we do not start to make a change I also loved the chapters where she accompanied scientists on research missions around the world It is something that I would love to do one day and I loved seeing it through her eyes She is not a scientist herself so therefore she explains ever scientific thing in ways that I could understand and relate to Mitchell obviously has a passion for the environment and she did a great job illustrating the problems humans have caused and pointed out what we need to change and quickly From this book I have started to make huge changes in the way I live, the products I buy and use and the things I have around the house I have even started a large pond in my backyard to grow fish in and use in my soon to be created aquaponics system It s made clear that the problems we are facing today is an accumulative human problem therefore it needs to be an accumulative human solution Everyone needs to do there part or things will just keep getting worse I learnt a lot from this book, it was very eye opening.
- Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean
- Alanna Mitchell
- 06 September 2019 Alanna Mitchell