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Global Edition - Today's top story: Rogue taxonomists, competing lists and accusations of anarchy: the complicated journey toward a list of all life on Earth – podcast View in browser

 

Global Edition | 2 February 2024

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In our chaotic, rapidly changing modern world, many of us have come to rely on science to provide a sense of order. So it may be disconcerting to learn that there is no single, definitive list of all life on Earth. And there never has been.

In this episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast, we take you inside the world of taxonomy, where competing lists, rogue taxonomists and recent accusations of anarchy have revealed the messy struggle to classify the world around us.

I spoke with Signe Dean, a science and technology editor for The Conversation, and Stephen Garnett, professor of conservation at Charles Darwin University in Australia. We hope you enjoy the podcast and encourage friends and colleagues to listen too. You can, of course, also find here a selection of some of the week's best content from across the network.

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