How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans
Publication Date: October 2011
A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.
Capt. Charles Moore has logged over 100,000 miles on research voyages. His 1999 study shocked the scientific world when it found six times more plastic fragments by weight in the central Pacific than the associated zooplankton. His study of discharges by plastics processing plants resulted in the passage of the Nurdle Bill, prohibiting the discharge of pre-production plastic pellets in California. His work has been featured on Nightline, Good Morning America, NPR, National Geographic, and in the Wall Street Journal. Cassandra Phillips has worked as a newspaper reporter and won substantial grant funding from the USDA Small Business Innovation and Research program to research plastic's effects on orchids. She lives in Kamuela, Hawaii. Mel Foster is a former ad agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials. An audiobook narrator since 2002, he won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey and an AudioFile Earphones Award for the novel Match Made in Heaven by Bob Mitchell. Mel is the author of several novels, including Shaking Hands with Lefkowitz, and he hopes that one day listeners will get the opportunity to hear him reading something that he's written himself.
"A hero . . . Moore is the first person to have pursued serious scientific research by sampling the garbage patch." ---The New York Times