Ocean Outbreak unveils the little-known diseases wreaking havoc in the seas and the book does a first-rate job of inspiring readers at the same time

Earth 29 May 2019
Ocean Outbreak

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CORAL bleaching has become something of an everyday apocalypse. Researched, documented and foretold, it is a biotic meltdown to which we have become all too accustomed. But the seas hold other more insidious disasters, as much our fault as the heating of the oceans. They tend, though, to be less covered by the media, which is why Ocean Outbreak is such an important book.

Its author, Drew Harvell, is an ecologist at Cornell University, New York, and a specialist in diseases of marine life. As head of a World Bank task force, she became …

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