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Drawing a Line in the Sand: Bioengineering as Conservation in the Face of Extinction Debt


 
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1. Title Title of document Drawing a Line in the Sand: Bioengineering as Conservation in the Face of Extinction Debt - Between Pride and Despair: Stories of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Josh Wodak
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Nature; Ecology
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Great Barrier Reef; wet tropic rainforests; Queensland; at-risk ecosystems; conservation
 
6. Description Abstract What conservation could possibly become commensurate with the rates of human-induced biophysical change unfolding at the advent to the Sixth Extinction Event? Any such conservation would require time-critical interventions into both ecosystems and evolution itself, for these interventions would also require domains of risk and ethics that shatter normative understandings of conservation. Yet a line appears to have been drawn in the sand against such experimental conservation. Holding the line will retain conservation practices that are null and void against the extinction debt facing multitudes of species. Crossing the line would invoke scales of bioengineering that appear abhorrent to normative morality. This article explores the question of whether this line in the sand could, and should, be crossed through a detailed case study of current and proposed conservation for endangered Chelonia mydas sea turtles on Raine Island, a small coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Chelonia mydas and Raine Island are presented as synecdoche for conservation across diverse species across the world because turtles are among the most endangered of all reptiles and Raine Island is the largest and most important rookery in the world for this species. With such lines disappearing under the rising seas, the article contemplates the unthinkable questions that our current situation demands we ask, and perhaps even try to answer.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jun-2022
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/44252
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.44252
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Between Pride and Despair: Stories of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd