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Born: 1935-08-30
Profession: Scientist
Nation: American
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We have become frighteningly effective at altering nature.

Tags: Become, Effective, Nature

We have been far too aggressive about extracting ocean wildlife, not appreciating that there are limits and even points of no return.

Tags: Far, Ocean, Return

What we once used as weapons of war, we now use as weapons against fish.

Tags: Against, Once, War

When I arrived on the planet, there were only two billion. Wildlife was more abundant, we were less so; now the situation is reversed.

Tags: Less, Planet, Situation

I hope for your help to explore and protect the wild ocean in ways that will restore the health and, in so doing, secure hope for humankind. Health to the ocean means health for us.

Tags: Health, Help, Hope

Any astronaut can tell you you've got to do everything you can to learn about your life support system and then do everything you can to take care of it.

Tags: Care, Learn, Life

As a child, I was aware of the widely-held attitude that the ocean is so big, so resilient that we could use the sea as the ultimate place to dispose of anything we did not want, from garbage and nuclear wastes to sludge from sewage to entire ships that had reached the end of their useful life.

Tags: Attitude, End, Life

By the end of the 20th century, up to 90 percent of the sharks, tuna, swordfish, marlins, groupers, turtles, whales, and many other large creatures that prospered in the Gulf for millions of years had been depleted by overfishing.

Tags: End, Large, Percent

Earth as an ecosystem stands out in the all of the universe. There's no place that we know about that can support life as we know it, not even our sister planet, Mars, where we might set up housekeeping someday, but at great effort and trouble we have to recreate the things we take for granted here.

Tags: Great, Life, Place

For heaven's sake, when you see the enemy attacking, you pick up the pitchfork, and you enlist everybody you see. You don't stand around arguing about who's responsible, or who's going to pay.

Tags: Enemy, Everybody, Stand

For humans, the Arctic is a harshly inhospitable place, but the conditions there are precisely what polar bears require to survive - and thrive. 'Harsh' to us is 'home' for them. Take away the ice and snow, increase the temperature by even a little, and the realm that makes their lives possible literally melts away.

Tags: Home, Place, Snow

Forty percent of the United States drains into the Mississippi. It's agriculture. It's golf courses. It's domestic runoff from our lawns and roads. Ultimately, where does it go? Downstream into the gulf.

Tags: Golf, Percent, United

'Green' issues at last are attracting serious attention, owing to critically important links between the environment and the economy, health, and our security.

Tags: Between, Health, Serious

Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative - don't wait for someone else to ask you to act.

Tags: Care, Someone, Yourself

Humans are the only creatures with the ability to dive deep in the sea, fly high in the sky, send instant messages around the globe, reflect on the past, assess the present and imagine the future.

Tags: Deep, Future, Past

I want everybody to go jump in the ocean to see for themselves how beautiful it is, how important it is to get acquainted with fish swimming in the ocean, rather than just swimming with lemon slices and butter.

Tags: Beautiful, Rather, Themselves

I would love to slip into the skin of a fish and know what it's like to be one. They have senses that I can only dream about. They have a lateral line down their whole body that senses motion, but maybe it does more than that.

Tags: Dream, Love, Whole

I'm friends with James Cameron. We've spent time together over the years because he is a diver and explorer and in his heart of hearts a biologist. We run into each other at scientific conferences.

Tags: Heart, Time, Together

I'm not against extracting a modest amount of wildlife out of the ocean for human consumption, but I am really concerned about the large-scale industrial fishing that engages in destructive practices like trawling and longlining.

Tags: Against, Human, Ocean

It's a fact of life that there will be oil spills, as long as oil is moved from place to place, but we must have provisions to deal with them, and a capability that is commensurate with the size of the oil shipments.

Tags: Fact, Life, Place

It's mainly the high-end luxury market now that drives much of the fishing in the sea. It's not feeding the starving millions. It's feeding a luxury market.

Tags: Fishing, Market, Sea

Just as we have the power to harm the ocean, we have the power to put in place policies and modify our own behavior in ways that would be an insurance policy for the future of the sea, for the creatures there, and for us, protecting special critical areas in the ocean.

Tags: Future, Power, Special

Look at the bark of a redwood, and you see moss. If you peer beneath the bits and pieces of the moss, you'll see toads, small insects, a whole host of life that prospers in that miniature environment. A lumberman will look at a forest and see so many board feet of lumber. I see a living city.

Tags: Life, Living, Small
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My first encounter with the ocean was on the Jersey Shore when I was three years old and I got knocked over by a wave. The ocean certainly got my attention! It wasn't frightening, it was more exhilarating.

Tags: Attention, Old, Three

My mother was known as the 'bird lady' of the neighborhood. Anything injured, or any unusual creature somebody found, they would always come to our doorstep.

Tags: Found, Mother, Somebody

Nearly all of the major kinds of life, divisions of life, phyla of animals, occur in the sea. Only about half of them can make it to land or freshwater.

Tags: Half, Life, Sea

Nothing has prepared sharks, squid, krill and other sea creatures for industrial-scale extraction that destroys entire ecosystems while targeting a few species.

Tags: Few, Sea, While

Ocean acidification - the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is turning the oceans increasingly acid - is a slow but accelerating impact with consequences that will greatly overshadow all the oil spills put together. The warming trend that is CO2-related will overshadow all the oil spills that have ever occurred put together.

Tags: Ocean, Put, Together

On a sea floor that looks like a sandy mud bottom, that at first glance might appear to be sand and mud, when you look closely and sit there as I do for a while and just wait, all sorts of creatures show themselves, with little heads popping out of the sand. It is a metropolis.

Tags: Sea, Show, Wait

Our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels and the corporate mandate to maximize shareholder value encourages drilling without taking into account the costs to the ocean, even without major spills.

Tags: Ocean, Taking, Value

Photosynthetic organisms in the sea yield most of the oxygen in the atmosphere, take up and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, shape planetary chemistry, and hold the planet steady.

Tags: Chemistry, Hold, Sea

Places change over time with or without oil spills, but humans are responsible for the Deepwater Horizon gusher - and humans, as well as the corals, fish and other creatures, are suffering the consequences.

Tags: Change, Suffering, Time

Protecting vital sources of renewal - unscathed marshes, healthy reefs, and deep-sea gardens - will provide hope for the future of the Gulf, and for all of us.

Tags: Future, Healthy, Hope

Santa Monica Bay is less polluted today than when I first moved to the area in the 1970s, because actions have been taken to avoid putting some of the noxious materials into the sea. I think people are more aware than they once were, the air is cleaner, water generally is, in spite of the fact that there are more people.

Tags: Fact, Once, Today

Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you're lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you're in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don't see sharks.

Tags: Afraid, Beautiful, Enough

Since the middle of the 20th century, more has been learnt about the ocean than during all preceding human history; at the same time, more has been lost.

Tags: History, Human, Time

Some experts look at global warming, increased world temperature, as the critical tipping point that is causing a crash in coral reef health around the world. And there's no question that it is a factor, but it's preceded by the loss of resilience and degradation.

Tags: Health, Point, Question

The Arctic is a place that historically, during all preceding human history, has largely been an icy realm with an impact on ocean currents. That, in turn, influences the temperature of the planet. The Arctic is now vulnerable because of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, with a rate of melting that is stunning.

Tags: History, Human, Place

The Arctic is an ocean. The southern pole is a continent surrounded by ocean. The North Pole is an ocean, or northern waters. It's an ocean surrounded by land, basically.

Tags: Land, Ocean, Southern

The best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids! They ask question and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. 'Who, what, where, why, when, and how!' They never stop asking questions, and I never stop asking questions, just like a five year old.

Tags: Best, Old, Why

The concept of 'peak oil' has penetrated the hearts and minds of people concerned about energy for the future. 'Peak fish' occurred around the end of the 1980s.

Tags: End, Energy, Future

The Exxon Valdez spill triggered a swift and strong response that changed policies about shipping, about double-hulled construction. A number of laws came into place.

Tags: Number, Place, Strong

The most important thing for people to know about the governance of the Arctic is that we have a chance now to act to maintain the integrity of the system or to lose it. To lose it means that we will dismember the vital systems that make the Arctic work. It's not just a cost to the people who live there. It's a cost to all people everywhere.

Tags: Chance, Integrity, Work

The sudden release of five million barrels of oil, enormous quantities of methane and two million gallons of toxic dispersants into an already greatly stressed Gulf of Mexico will permanently alter the nature of the area.

Tags: Five, Million, Nature

There are some who would like to see the oil rigs removed right down to the ground once their job is done, and there are others, and I count myself among them, who think that once they are in place they begin to be adopted by life in the ocean as a habitat.

Tags: Done, Job, Life

There's something missing about how we're informing the youngsters coming along about what matters in the world. We teach them the numbers and the letters, but we fail to communicate the importance of our connection to the living world.

Tags: Coming, Fail, Living

We have taken the manatees out of the areas in the Caribbean and really elsewhere in the world, and this disruption to the system makes such systems vulnerable to changes as they come by, whether it's in terms of disease or terms or global warming for that matter.

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When I first ventured into the Gulf of Mexico in the 1950s, the sea appeared to be a blue infinity too large, too wild to be harmed by anything that people could do.

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When I write a scientific treatise, I might reach 100 people. When the 'National Geographic' covers a project, it communicates about plants and fish and underwater technology to more than 10 million people.

Tags: Fish, Technology, Write

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea.

Tags: Earth, Matter, Sea

Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There's still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.

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With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.

Tags: Earth, Matter, Sea

All through college, I had frequently been the only girl in a science class - which wasn't such a bad deal.

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America gains most when individuals have great freedom to pursue personal goals without undue government interference.

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Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home.

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Everyone has power. But it doesn't help if you don't use it.

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Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.

Tags: Away, Greatest, Ignorance

Health to the ocean means health for us.

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I actually love diving at night; you see a lot of fish then that you don't see in the daytime.

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I am not in any hurry to grow up.

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I find the lure of the unknown irresistible.

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I have lots of heroes: anyone and everyone who does whatever they can to leave the natural world better than they found it.

Tags: Everyone, Leave, Whatever

I love music of all kinds, but there's no greater music than the sound of my grandchildren laughing; my kids, too.

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I personally have stopped eating seafood.

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I've always said, 'Underwater or on top, men and women are compatible.'

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I've had the joy of spending thousands of hours under the sea. I wish I could take people along to see what I see, and to know what I know.

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Ice ages have come and gone. Coral reefs have persisted.

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If somebody dumps something noxious in my back yard, the dumper is the last one I would call on to repair the damage.

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If you think the ocean isn't important, imagine Earth without it. Mars comes to mind. No ocean, no life support system.

Tags: Life, Mind, Support

In terms of personal choices, let's all think more carefully about where we get our protein from.

Tags: Carefully, Choices, Personal

Like a shipwreck or a jetty, almost anything that forms a structure in the ocean, whether it is natural or artificial over time, collects life.

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Meat reared on land matures relatively quickly, and it takes only a few pounds of plants to produce a pound of meat.

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My parents moved to Florida when I was 12, and my backyard was the Gulf of Mexico.

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No water, no life. No blue, no green.

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The end of commercial fishing is predicted long before the middle of the 21st century.

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Having been a journalist for thirty-nine years, I've developed a pretty thick skin.

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Unfortunately, we force people to break the law in order to get any kind of mental health treatment.

Tags: Health, Law, Order

I think that some of the greatest muckrakers and some of the greatest investigative journalists of all time had strong feelings about civil rights. There is a role for the journalist-advocate. And as long as you play your cards on the table, I think that's a role that we should allow.

Tags: Greatest, Strong, Time

Mental illnesses are so frightening and there's so much ignorance about them that I think it comforts people to think, 'Oh, well, it happens to these people because they deserve it.'

Tags: Deserve, Happens, Ignorance

Our health care system squanders money because it is designed to react to emergencies. Homeless shelters, hospital emergency rooms, jails, prisons - these are expensive and ineffective ways to intervene and there are people who clearly profit from this cycle of continued suffering.

Tags: Care, Health, Money

People with mental illnesses are dying on our streets. More than 350,000 are in jails and prisons. Most are people whose only real crime is they got sick.

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Sometimes I feel the only way I can get a major publisher interested in mental illness is if I find a character who has bipolar disorder and is also a love-sick vampire attending an English school called Hogwarts. But I'm not giving up.

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