50 Ways to Save the Ocean

New World Library
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The oceans, and the challenges they face, are so vast that it’s easy to feel powerless to protect them. 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, written by veteran environmental journalist David Helvarg, focuses on practical, easily-implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource. Well-researched, personal, and sometimes whimsical, the book addresses daily choices that affect the ocean's health: what fish should and should not be eaten; how and where to vacation; storm drains and driveway run-off; protecting local water tables; proper diving, surfing, and tide pool etiquette; and supporting local marine education. Helvarg also looks at what can be done to stir the waters of seemingly daunting issues such as toxic pollutant runoff; protecting wetlands and sanctuaries; keeping oil rigs off shore; saving reef environments; and replenishing fish reserves.
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About the author

David Helvarg, president of the Blue Frontier Campaign (www.bluefront.org), is the author of Blue Frontier and The War Against the Greens. A journalist for more than 30 years, Helvarg lives in northern California.

Jim Toomey is an advisory board member of the Blue Frontier Campaign and the cartoonist of Sherman's Lagoon, a widely popular comic strip now appearing in more than 250 newspapers. He is also the author of A Day at the Beach. Toomey lives in Maryland.

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Publisher
New World Library
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Published on
Sep 24, 2010
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9781577317036
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas
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