Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act

Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act

by Joe Roman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674047516

ISBN-13: 9780674047518

Pub. Date: 05/15/2011

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The first listed species to make headlines after the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973 was the snail darter, a three-inch fish that stood in the way of a massive dam on the Little Tennessee River. When the Supreme Court sided with the darter, Congress changed the rules. The dam was built, the river stopped flowing, and the snail darter went extinct on the

Overview

The first listed species to make headlines after the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973 was the snail darter, a three-inch fish that stood in the way of a massive dam on the Little Tennessee River. When the Supreme Court sided with the darter, Congress changed the rules. The dam was built, the river stopped flowing, and the snail darter went extinct on the Little Tennessee, though it survived in other waterways. A young Al Gore voted for the dam; freshman congressman Newt Gingrich voted for the fish.

A lot has changed since the 1970s, and Joe Roman helps us understand why we should all be happy that this sweeping law is alive and well today. More than a general history of endangered species protection, Listed is a tale of threatened species in the wild—from the whooping crane and North Atlantic right whale to the purple bankclimber, a freshwater mussel tangled up in a water war with Atlanta—and the people working to save them.

Employing methods from the new field of ecological economics, Roman challenges the widely held belief that protecting biodiversity is too costly. And with engaging directness, he explains how preserving biodiversity can help economies and communities thrive. Above all, he shows why the extinction of species matters to us personally—to our health and safety, our prosperity, and our joy in nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674047518
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/15/2011
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
813,283
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Boiling Spring 1

1 In the Name of the Darter 5

2 The Class of '67 16

3 Notes from the Vortex 24

4 The Endangered Species Act 49

5 A Handy Handle 63

6 Natural Capital 77

7 Magical Thinking 91

8 Grand Experiments 100

9 The Panther's New Genes 117

10 Safe Harbor 138

11 Crying Wolves 152

12 Skating over Thin Ice 180

13 Raising Whales 194

14 Questing 211

15 The Hundred Acre Wood 234

16 In Which We Upset the Ethnobotanists 246

17 Water Wars 260

18 The Most Beautiful Sound 281

19 The Platinum Blonde and the Farm Girl 291

Epilogue: Extinction's in the House 312

Notes 319

Acknowledgments 347

Index 349

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