Legal responses in the United States to biodiversity loss and climate change

Authored by: James Ming Chen

Routledge Handbook of Biodiversity and the Law

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138693302
eBook ISBN: 9781315530857
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315530857-8

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Abstract

The greatest causes 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 of the United States, 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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