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Science and the Endangered Species Act
     

Science and the Endangered Species Act

by National Research Council, Committee on Scientific Issues in the En, Commission on Life Sciences, National Res
 

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a far-reaching law that has sparked intense controversies over the use of public lands, the rights of property owners, and economic versus environmental benefits.

In this volume a distinguished committee focuses on the science underlying the ESA and offers recommendations for making the act more effective.

The committee

Overview

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a far-reaching law that has sparked intense controversies over the use of public lands, the rights of property owners, and economic versus environmental benefits.

In this volume a distinguished committee focuses on the science underlying the ESA and offers recommendations for making the act more effective.

The committee provides an overview of what scientists know about extinction—and what this understanding means to implementation of the ESA. Habitat—its destruction, conservation, and fundamental importance to the ESA—is explored in detail.

The book analyzes

  • Concepts of species—how the term "species" arose and how it has been interpreted for purposes of the ESA.
  • Conflicts between species when individual species are identified for protection, including several case studies.
  • Assessment of extinction risk and decisions under the ESA—how these decisions can be made more effectively. The book concludes with a look beyond the Endangered Species Act and suggests additional means of biological conservation and ways to reduce conflicts. It will be useful to policymakers, regulators, scientists, natural-resource managers, industry and environmental organizations, and those interested in biological conservation.


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Focuses on the science supporting the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and offers recommendations for making the act more effective. Covers species extinction; species definitions; habitat conservation and recovery planning; modern perspectives of habitat; conservation conflicts between species; estimating risk; making ESA decisions; areas of scientific uncertainty; and moving beyond the ESA. Appendices include the text of the ESA. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309052917
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.98(d)

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