A Sea in Flames

A Sea in Flames

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout

Book - 2011
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"The first book about the BP disaster by a world-renowned oceanographer examines the environmental and social consequences of the spill from the perspective of those directly affected by it. By telling the stories of three working families, Safina goes behind the scenes with fishermen, oystermen, and oilmen whose lives--and habitats--have been irreparably changed. But will energy and environmental policy change as well? Safina addresses these issues in a rich, deeply personal investigation of a catastrophe he has reported--and blogged on--from the beginning"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2011], ©2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307887351
Branch Call Number: 363.7382 Sa
Description: xi, 352 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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ChristchurchLib Sep 03, 2014

In A Sea in Flames, world-renowned oceanographer (and MacArthur "Genius Award" recipient) Carl Safina discusses the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil-spill disaster, including the shoddy work and safety rules that caused the event and the ineffective responses by big business and government officials after it happened. He addresses the spill's environmental impact on the many animals and people nearby, as well as the negative effects on tourism and fishing that resulted from publicity. He also points to an ongoing disaster: the global effects of other environmental pollution sources, including farm and industrial runoff and water control measures such as levees. A passionate and sobering chronicle of man-made destruction leading to natural degradation. History and Current Events newsletter September 2014.

Apr 27, 2012

A chilling book about the many ethical mishaps of BP that caused one of the biggest environmental disasters in this nation's history. Some of the photographs included in the book are absolutely chilling and the story of the residents heartbreaking. Must read. I hope BP is one day held culpable for putting profits over people.

Mar 30, 2012

Good choice if you want a low key overview of the disaster.

Safina was personally there gathering information & impressions and while a moderate as far as his general position, he does not hesitate to express confusion & frustration as he is systematically blocked by BP from access and even some of the most straight forward, basic responses to simple question. There are even a few times when when this frustration boils over to outrage or anger, when he feels local & sometimes federal officiails act as if BP owns the gulf, and the residents of the coast are annoying foreigners on vacation.


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