Plastic is ubiquitous in our modern lives – a $17.6 billion industry in Canada alone that makes everything from shopping bags to packaging to clothing. It’s made our lives much more convenient and until recently we haven’t thought much about the fact that we throw a lot of it away after just one use, let alone what happens to the plastic that finds its way into the world’s oceans. In Invisible Plastic, award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell sets out on a quest to find out just what happens to plastic on the high seas. Her story is riveting, and essential reading for every concerned Canadian.
Alanna Mitchell is a journalist and author who writes about science. Her latest book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international best seller. Alanna has won four international awards for her science writing, and in 2010 became the first Canadian journalist to win the esteemed U.S. Grantham Prize. She wrote the series “Brainstorm” on neuroscience and education for The Toronto Star as the 2009 Atkinson Award fellow. She spent 14 years at The Globe and Mail on beats that included social trends, earth sciences and national correspondent in Calgary, and three years at The Financial Post covering real estate and banking.
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