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Are the oceans dying?

I reviewed Callum Roberts’ latest book Ocean of Life (How our seas are changing) for the Globe and Mail.

Callum’s book gives an excellent and immensely readable account of the problematic relationship between humans and the oceans. As you might expect, it’s not exactly a cheery read, although he does somehow manage to maintain a positive outlook and lays out his idea of what needs to be done to fix the problems.

I recommend it just as enthusiastically for ocean aficionados who want to keep up to date with the latest advances in the field as for new-comers who want an introduction to ocean science and conservation.

Here’s an excerpt of my review:

There is occasional time out from the bad news, as Roberts visits some of his favourite underwater hangouts to witness the majesty of a manta ray and hear wonderful woo-hoo shouts of mating fish. The spectacular variety and curious beauty of marine life are enough to convince many of us that the world, and in particular our imaginations, would be poorer without so many creatures lurking beneath the waves.

Read the whole review here.

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