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Science and the Endangered Species Act [electronic resource] /
Committee on Scientific Issues in the Endangered Species Act, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 1995.
description
1 online resource (1 PDF file (xvi, 272 pages)) : illustrations
ISBN
0309052912, 0309568811, 9780309052917, 9780309568814
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 1995.
isbn
0309052912
0309568811
9780309052917
9780309568814
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from PDF t.p.
abstract
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 analyzes1. Concepts of species--how the term "species" arose and how it has been interpreted for purposes of the ESA.2. Conflicts between species when individual species are identified for protection, including several case studies.3. 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.
catalogue key
11512834
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The project was supported by the Department of the Interior under Contract No. 14-48-0009-92-010.

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