Counting Species: Biodiversity in Global Environmental by Rafi Youatt

By Rafi Youatt

Three a long time of biodiversity governance has principally didn't cease the continued environmental trouble of worldwide species loss. but that governance has ended in undeniably vital political results. In Counting Species, Rafi Youatt argues that the certainty of world biodiversity has produced a special imaginative and prescient and politics of nature, person who is certain up with rules approximately species, norms of potency, and apolitical types of technical management.

Since its inception within the Eighties, biodiversity’s political energy has additionally hinged on its association with a sequence of political options. Biodiversity was once firstly articulated as an ethical crime opposed to the intrinsic price of all species. within the Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s, biodiversity shifted towards an organization with carrier provision in a globalizing global financial system prior to attaching itself extra lately to the discourses of defense and resilience.

Even as species extinctions proceed, biodiversity’s function in environmental governance has develop into more and more summary. but the ability of world biodiversity is ultimately continually localized and fabric while it encounters nonhuman lifestyles. In those encounters, Youatt reveals purposes for optimism, tracing a few of the ways in which nonhuman existence has escaped human social skill. Counting Species compellingly bargains either a political account of world biodiversity and a distinct method of political organisation around the human–nonhuman divide.

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