Across the Apocalypse on Horseback: Biodiversity Loss and the Law
James Ming Chen
Michigan State University - College of Law
BIODIVERSITY, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE PROTECTION: LAW, SCIENCE AND PRACTICE, Charles R. McManis, ed., Earthscan/James & James, 2006
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-27
The most significant drivers of biodiversity loss can be described by HIPPO, the Greek word for horse. Habitat destruction, Invasive species, Population, Pollution, and Overkill - in that order - are exterminating species at a rate worthy of one of geological history's mass extinctions. Unfortunately, existing legal tools for stemming biodiversity loss are aimed precisely where human agency matters least. The Endangered Species Act, for instance, more clearly punishes overkill than either habitat destruction or the introduction of alien invasive species. This article describes the predicament and prescribes a modest agenda for improving the law of biodiversity conservation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: Biodiversity, Endangered Species Act, habitat destruction, invasive species, bioprospecting
JEL Classification: O13
Date posted: June 15, 2006
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