Ark of the Broken Covenant: Protecting the World's Biodiversity Hotspots

Ark of the Broken Covenant: Protecting the World's Biodiversity Hotspots

by John Charles Kunich, John C. Kunich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275978400

ISBN-13: 9780275978402

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Blending scientific and legal expertise, Kunich proves that a devastating ecological crisis is imminent or even underway already, and that conservation law has yet to catch up with biological science. He challenges readers with a hotspots wager, arguing that he have vastly more to gain than lose by legally protecting biological hotspots, and that foregoing them in

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Blending scientific and legal expertise, Kunich proves that a devastating ecological crisis is imminent or even underway already, and that conservation law has yet to catch up with biological science. He challenges readers with a hotspots wager, arguing that he have vastly more to gain than lose by legally protecting biological hotspots, and that foregoing them in favor of the relatively minor and immediate returns arising from their devastation is both foolish and, ultimately, dangerous.

Legal thought lags behind modern science in focusing on and setting priorities for global conservation. An extinction spasm is imminent, many scientists argue, due to the ongoing global devastation of biological hotspots, home to a disproportionate share of all life forms, including perhaps millions of unknown species. These hotspots have already lost 88 percent of their primary vegetation and are likely to lose much more, yet few legal measures exist to protect them. Environmental legal protections are often incomprehensive and feebly enforced. Even worse, 62 percent of all hotspots are unprotected. Kunich provides a brief history and science of extinction. He discusses the importance of saving species from extinction and analyzes the legal measures directed toward preserving biodiversity in nations that harbor hotspots.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275978402
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Issues in Comparative Public Law
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments
Series Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1Extinction and the Biodiversity Hotspots1
Ch. 2The Hotspots29
Ch. 3Burn Control? Current International Law Relevant to Hotspots Preservation45
Ch. 4Biodiversity Preservation, Nation by Nation91
Ch. 5A Legal Proposal for Saving the Planet: The Vital Ecosystems Preservation Act143
Ch. 6To Be or Not to Be167
Conclusion197
Index203

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