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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

Abstract:     
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

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Date posted: June 15, 2006  

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Chen, James Ming, Across the Apocalypse on Horseback: Biodiversity Loss and the 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. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=909122

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James Ming Chen (Contact Author)
Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )
318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States
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