Legal Responses in the United States to Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change
Routledge Handbook on Biodiversity and the Law 109-23 (Charles R. McManis & Burton Ong eds., 2018)
15 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2016 Last revised: 25 Aug 2018
Date Written: November 3, 2016
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.
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