Introduction: Coral Whisperers
2018. “Introduction: Coral Whisperers.” In Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink. University of California Press
22 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2018
Date Written: August 2, 2018
In recent years, a catastrophic global bleaching event devastated many of the world’s precious coral reefs. Working on the front lines of ruin, today’s coral scientists are struggling to save these important coral reef ecosystems from the imminent threats of rapidly warming, acidifying, and polluted oceans. Coral Whisperers captures a critical moment in the history of coral reef science. Gleaning insights from over one hundred interviews with leading scientists and conservation managers, Irus Braverman documents a community caught in an existential crisis and alternating between despair and hope. In this important new book, corals emerge not only as signs and measures of environmental catastrophe, but also as catalysts for action.
Keywords: coral scientists, hope / despair, conservation in the Anthropocene, restoration, climate change, environmental studies, multispecies ethnography, ocean law
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