Killing Our Oceans: Dealing with the Mass Extinction of Marine Life

Killing Our Oceans: Dealing with the Mass Extinction of Marine Life

by John Charles Kunich

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ISBN-13: 9780313056055
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 450 KB

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

Callum Roberts

"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."

Gerry Spence

"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."

Stuart Pimm

"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!"

Ellen K. Pikitch

"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."

Jean-Michel Cousteau

"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."

J.B. Ruhl

"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."

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