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Sea Sick Mitchell, Alannah


Webcast sponsored by Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Alanna Mitchell is a Canadian journalist and author. Her literary non-fiction wins praise for its ability to describe complex ideas in plain language. Mitchell's subjects are science, education and human behaviour and she is known for her strong narrative style. Sea Sick is the first book to explain how the global ocean — 99 per cent of the planet's living space — is undergoing vast chemical changes at the hand of man and why that matters. In a nutshell, some of the carbon dioxide we are putting into the air by burning fossil fuels is being absorbed by the ocean. That reverts it to a state it has not been in for millions of years: more acid, warmer, and more prone to vast oxygen-deprived dead zones. At risk is the very structure of life in the ocean and therefore, on the planet as a whole. UBC Reads Sustainability is supported by AMS Sustainability, the UBC Sustainability Initiative, and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, and webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre).

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