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Featured Books—December 2014 Issue

Marine Pollution: What Everyone Needs to Know

By Judith S. Weis
Paperback. 296 pp. Oxford University Press. $13.56

Agricultural, industrial and chemical are just a few of the many types of marine pollution. Recently coming to the forefront of debate, marine pollution has many diverse sources. Scientists are continuing to discover ways in which these pollutants affect the environment and humans. This book takes several different angles to discuss the topic, ranging from a historical overview to why pollutants are controversial. Emerging threats, like pharmaceuticals and personal care products, are discussed in terms of their path from the water through the food chain. Weis also gives the reader a look at how society can start to mitigate pollution on a local and global scale.

Sustainability Science: Managing Risk And Resilience for Sustainable Development

By Per Becker
Hardcover. 302 pp. Elsevier. $109.95

Uncertainty and dynamic change are a part of our world today. This book offers ways to approach sustainable development to help society deal with ambiguity and complexity, in both a practical and conceptual manner. In science and administration, sustainability is becoming more important. Climate change, disasters and environmental degradation present significant sustainability challenges. Becker explores approaches to making the planet a more resilient and safe place for the future. The book offers a holistic agenda for societal change.

Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and The Future of the Ocean

By Lisa-ann Gershwin, with a forward by Sylvia Earle
Paperback. 456 pp. University Of Chicago Press. $18.92

Higher temperatures and increased levels of toxicity are making the ocean less hospitable to the creatures that inhabit it. Despite many species facing extinction, the jellyfish has thrived, indicating the state of seas. By degrading habitats, trawling and polluting the water, humans are creating an ocean suitable to jellyfish, whose population is growing in a warmer environment with fewer competitors. This book demonstrates how jellyfish are both remarkable and deadly, while highlighting the speciesí ability to adapt to change.

The Great Barrier Reef: An Environmental History

By Ben Daley
Hardcover. 270 pp. Routledge. $129.69

The biggest coral reef ecosystem in the world, the Great Barrier Reef has been facing the effects of climate change, tourism and pollution. A history of the protected marine park is given in this book. The Great Barrier Reef had been the site of exploitation in the late 1800s and early 1900s, after Europeans settled in the area. The text explains human impacts on the reef, as well as the changes in marine life that have resulted. Despite the degradation of the reef, conservation practices became apparent early on.

Sea Technology is read worldwide in more than 110 countries by management, engineers, scientists and technical personnel working in industry, government and educational research institutions. Readers are involved with oceanographic research, fisheries management, offshore oil and gas exploration and production, undersea defense including antisubmarine warfare, ocean mining and commercial diving.