In his Ark of the Broken Covenant, Kunich showed that Earth's species are concentrated in 25 zones of ecological significance known as biodiversity hotspots, and maintained that we'd go a long way toward saving many species from extinction if we'd focus our protective laws and regulations on these zones. In Killing Our Oceans he extends this analysis to the extraordinary pockets of life in the oceans that are similarly threatened.
In his Ark of the Broken Covenant, Kunich showed that Earth's species are concentrated in 25 zones of ecological significance known as biodiversity hotspots, and that we'd go a long way toward saving many species from extinction if we'd focus our protective laws and regulations on these zones. In Killing Our Oceans he extends this analysis to the extraordinary pockets of life in the oceans that are similarly threatened. From coral reefs to recently discovered hydrothermal vents, the oceans contain vast numbers of endangered species. We are rapidly losing these unique, irreplaceable treasures, due in part to an appalling lack of efficacious safeguards. What's in it for us if we intervene to halt this mass extinction? Quite possibly the greatest medical, nutritional, and scientific breakthroughs in all of human history, just waiting to be discovered and harnessedor forever lost along with the dying species that hold the keys to these secrets.
Kunich examines in detail the applicable international laws as well as domestic laws of the nations with key marine resources, and demonstrates the abject failure of these measures to prevent or halt a mass extinction in our oceans. He concludes with a set of legal proposals that could start us down the road to preserving the marine hotspots and, with them, most of Earth's biodiversity. Legal solutions are not the only answer, but they are a beginning.
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About the Author
John Charles Kunich is Associate Professor of Law, Appalachian School of Law, Virginia, and the author of several books.
Table of Contents
Hotspots Under the Sea: Hotter Under the Water?
Law of the Sea and in the Sea
Finding or Losing Nemo, One Nation at a Time
Choosing to Stop Killing Our Oceans
The Greatest Unknown
What People are Saying About This
"Global marine biodiversity hotspots are disappearing fast yet are afforded scant protection by international law. In this timely book, John Kunich calls for a shake up of the cosy world of international law, riddled as it is with self-defeating caveats and opt-out clauses that give the semblance of protection without the reality. Kunich gives a clear account of present legislation to protect the oceans and its weaknesses, and mounts a compelling case for new binding regimes with real sanctions for non-compliance. Only then can adequate protection be given to the high seas. He also proposes a new mechanism to protect biodiversity hotspots that uses incentives to encourage nations to protect areas within and beyond their jurisdiction for the benefit of all humanity. Kunich's message is one that we must urgently heed if future generations are to enjoy the spectacular diversity of life we see in our oceans today."
"Professor Kunich's words are as if they escaped from out of the ethos. We have choices. We can listen and act, or we can die with the oceans."
"Too many view the oceans as the last true wilderness, barely touched by human actions, their species thriving. This is the book to disabuse anyone of such notions. Our oceans are in serious trouble and need our immediate attention. This book deserves to be read widely!"
"Kunich makes a forceful case that ocean life is undergoing massive annihilation which current international law cannot avert. In this highly-readable account of the essential facts, Kunich proposes a bold intriguing solution for stopping the gathering wave of ocean extinctions. An indispensable guide for those concerned about the global ocean commons."
"Killing Our Oceans: Dealing with the Mass Extinction of Marine Life by John Charles Kunich offers both a valuable perspective on what humans are doing to the oceans and what can be done to help change the devastating course on which we are presently set. Bravo for lending another eloquent voice to the cause every human being should be dedicated to."
"If you like to think of the oceans as boundless in their bounty of life, an endless, self-sustaining, impervious supply of food, minerals, recreation, and waste disposal for humand, and if you would rather not hear how mistaken and even dangerous this myth of the oceans has become, don't read this book. If, on the other hand, you would like to learn about the threats overfishing, pollution, climate change, and other human-induced effects pose to life in the oceans and, in turn, to humans who depend on the oceans, Professor Kunich's book is a must read. Taking his prior work on hot spots to the marine setting, Kunich offers a compelling account of the rapidly declining condition of our planet's most important resource and a provocative set of proposals for changing course. On second thought, the truth is that those who must read Kunich's account are those who, despite all the evidence, still cling to the myth of oceans. I hope they will."