And the Waters Turned to Blood by Rodney Barker download in iPad, ePub, pdf
Being a Virginia resident, there were parts of this book that hit home. As a society, we act like this is a The one aspect of this book I want to highlight is the disparate treatment of male scientists and female scientists. Life has buried poisons in sediments, or locked them out chemically. It is not only the great sea which becomes blood, but all the merry streams and babbling brooks which carry their tribute of water seawards also turn corrupt. Along the way the scientist herself fell victim to Pfiesteria's toxin, while working in the laboratory before the threat was clearly understood.
While it was obviously a serious issue it didn't remotely approach the sort of impending doom scenario the book proffers. All things throughout their earth, their air, their sea, their rivers, their cities, all are condemned to ruin, all accursed for the wickedness of that people. Kudos to the author for how he weaves the scientific and the human together, blending the edges of the human concern and scientist concern. He is able to give the hard facts while also blending in narrative. All the apocalyptic language of the cover, from the title to the back cover quote comparing the microbe to Ebola, blows the whole thing way out of proportion.
The loftier powers of imagination, the range of poetical elevation, are cramped and killed in a base, world-worshipping age. The well-told story herein is about environmental reality versus the environmental bureaucracy, and how the latter was finally forced to concede. The streams of life grow putrid, the fresh and bright gifts of God are polluted, when the ocean of public thought is unwholesome.
It is responsible for fish It's always scary when you read something and have to keep double checking to see if it's fiction or non-fiction. It's an interesting analysis of the discovery of the pfiesteria piscida, a microscopic entity which evolved in the polluted rivers of North Carolina and Virginia. The idea of the second vial is carried on here cf. Although this is the story of a battle won, the larger implication involves a war we may well be losing. The events are presented dramatically - superficially it gives me an Erin Brockovich vibe.
Note the corresponding judgment of the third trumpet. It can also steal chloroplasts from algae and run on photosynthesis when food is scarce. Natural Step founder Karl Henrik Robert, explains our impact as re-toxifying an environment painstakingly scrubbed clean over millenia. It is responsible for fish kills that number in the millions, and has the ability to actually sense and attack its prey.
Now I know why the library didn't have any copies of this stupid read. It's never a boring read - that's for sure. As it is poured out on the rivers and springs of waters, they become blood. Pfiesteria may be a harbinger of fearful times to come.
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