A Dozen Biodiversity Puzzles

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Fred Bosselman

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Deceased)

Date Written: December 15, 2004

Abstract

American statutes often contain language supporting the protection of biodiversity. The issue of biodiversity is truly one of the most important issues of our time, but lawmakers need to understand that biodiversity is a much more complex issue than most people realize. Defining it as a mandatory statutory objective would open a Pandora’s box of litigation unless the word is more precisely defined. This article reviews the scientific literature to describe a dozen puzzling questions that can arise when the term biodiversity is used without further definition.

Keywords: biodiversity, environmental law, conservation

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Bosselman, Fred, A Dozen Biodiversity Puzzles (December 15, 2004). NYU Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 366, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1523937

Fred Bosselman (Contact Author)

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Deceased)

565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
United States

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