Legal Responses to Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change

23 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2016 Last revised: 13 Nov 2016

James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: November 3, 2016

Abstract

The greatest vectors of biodiversity loss today are climate change, habitat destruction, invasive species, pollution, population, and overkill. Climate change, habitat destruction, and alien invasive species should figure more prominently than overkill and the marketing of products derived from endangered species. The law, however, imposes its clearest, harshest sanctions precisely where the drivers of extinction are weakest: when humans consciously capture or kill other living things. More helpfully, the Endangered Species Act has been adapted to address habitat destruction on private land and to mitigate climate change.

Suggested Citation

Chen, James Ming, Legal Responses to Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change (November 3, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2864062 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2864062

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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