Listening to the Sea is that rarest of books: an insightful, meticulous, up-to-date examination of a crucial topic that is also very clearly written. Focusing on the pernicious mismatch between fragmented ways humans govern our activities in the sea, and the biological vulnerability of marine species and ecosystems, it calls persuasively for marine management based on biological realities, and points to new solutions that are 'smarter, cheaper, and more effective.' In the two decades since I began in marine conservation, I haven't seen a marine policy book so sane, so compelling.
Through a rigorous integration of policy and science, Robert Wilder suggests a much-improved second-generation governance of the oceans and coasts and proposes new ideas for resolving the environmental policy stalemate found within the U.S. government.
In this important work, Dr. Wilder describes sensible new ways that prevention ought to inspire our actions, and helps to generate political will vitally needed to improve environmental protection.
Timely and well done! Robert Wilder has once again made an important contribution to good coastal and ocean stewardship. An informative 'must read.'
That we name our planet Earth shows that we neither know, nor understand the three quarters of planetary surface covered by seas. This clear, timely book shows the need to apply precautionary action in our relationship with the sea.
This enjoyable, scholarly book is the best justification yet for taking the same precautionary approach towards marine environmental health, that we do for human health. It is now up to reductionist science and management, and reluctant politicians, to catch up to the solutions this book offers.
This is holistic ecology and policy at its best.
This book's vision of improving U.S. transportation policy through energy efficiency, and clean new alternatives like the fuel cell, is an exciting and fresh approach that merits serious attention. It clearly shows how improving environmental protection requires integrative thinking.
The author's many years of research, love, and respect for the sea and his keen desire to construct a more rational regime for ocean governenace are apparent throughout this book. Wilder contributes to the fields of legal scholarship andpolitical science by tracing the historical development of customary doctrines, landmark decisions, and major environmental legislation and treaties pertaining to oil and gas development, fisheries conservation, and jurisdiction over resources. . . . Wilder concludes with recommendations and principles that will constitute a framework for a more refined kind of ocean governance.
Wilder's "new book is the definitive guide to balancing ecology issues with the continued wise use of ocean resources. . . . Wilder says that by creating power without pollution through alternative energy sources like fuel cells, further contamination of the seas can be avoided. . . . Wilder's new model for ocean preservation is a 'holisitc and organiz view of nture' that integrates public policy and science."
Wilder provides an interesting analysis that combines international law and U.S. public policy. Cross disciplinary approaches such as this are a welcome addition to the literature. I strongly recommend the book for policy professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and serious general readers.
Robert J. Wilder, J.D. and Ph.D., teaches in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and is a researcher in the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been a Fulbright fellow; National Academy of Sciences Young Investigator in Biodiversity and Coastal Ecology; Sea Grant fellow; and an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.