Poisoners of the Seas

Gourlay, K.A.
Publisher:  Zed Books, United Kingdom
Year Published:  1988
Pages:  256pp   Price:  $17.95   ISBN:  0-86232-686-9
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX3943

A book that can move the reader either to depression or to anger, Poisoners of the Seas documents, in chilling detail, the ways in which the world's oceans are being poisoned by oil, toxic chemicals, mercury and other heavy metals, sewage, radioactive waste, and other pollutants and garbage. Gourlay sets out to explain what these pollutants are, what effect they have on the oceans, how they get into the sea in such quantities, and who is responsible for dumping them into the seas. Some major disasters such as the Amoco Cadiz tanker disaster are described in detail. Gourlay also sets out a program of action which could reverse the disastrous trends he documents, but, as he says, everything depends on whether we are able to mount the political pressure needed to force governments to act.

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