Marine Pollution: What Everyone Needs to Know, J S Weis

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In Marine Pollution: What Everyone Needs to Know, Judith Weis covers marine pollution from many different angles, each fascinating in its own right. Beginning with its sources and history, the book describes in detail each common pollutant, why exactly it is harmful, why it may draw controversy, and how we can prevent it from destroying our aquatic ecosystems. Weis discusses topics like what actually happened with the Exxon Valdez, and why Harmful Algal Blooms are a serious concern. Later chapters will discuss pollutants that are only now surfacing as major threats, such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and metal nanoparticles, and explain how these can begin in the water and progress up the food chain and emerge in human bodies.

Publisher: OUP USA, Jan. 2015

Reviewer: Derek Eaton

This is a well written book covering the diverse sources of pollution and their environmental effects, including coastal, both from a detailed scientific point of view and more closely to home on our food.  The easy to read sections and an extensive table of contents allows this book to be used also as a reference book for those professionally interested in the subject.  What can be done by governments, industry and the individual to reduce pollution is also covered along with possible effects of ongoing climate change.

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