Environmental Law For Biologists

Paperback | February 12, 2016

byTristan Kimbrell

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Environmental law has an unquestionable effect on the species, ecosystems, and landscapes that biologists study—and vice-versa, as the research of these biologists frequently informs policy. But because many scientists receive little or no legal training, we know relatively little about the precise ways that laws affect biological systems—and, consequently, about how best to improve these laws and better protect our natural resources.

With Environmental Law for Biologists, ecologist and lawyer Tristan Kimbrell bridges this gap in legal knowledge. Complete with a concise introduction to environmental law and an appendix describing the most important federal and international statutes and treaties discussed, the book is divided into four broad parts: laws that focus on individual species, like invasive species policies, the Endangered Species Act, and international treaties such as CITES; laws that focus on land, from federal public lands to agricultural regulations and urban planning; laws that focus on water, such as the Clean Water Act; and laws that focus on air, such as the Clean Air Act and international measures meant to mitigate global climate change. Written for working biologists and students alike, this book will be a catalyst for both more effective policy and enhanced research, offering hope for the manifold frictions between science and the law.

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Environmental law has an unquestionable effect on the species, ecosystems, and landscapes that biologists study—and vice-versa, as the research of these biologists frequently informs policy. But because many scientists receive little or no legal training, we know relatively little about the precise ways that laws affect biological syst...

Tristan Kimbrell is an environmental writer who focuses on the intersection of law and biology. He has a JD from Temple University and a PhD in ecology from the University of Florida and has taught at Southern University, New Orleans. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 12, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022633385X

ISBN - 13:9780226333854

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Table of Contents

List of Boxes
Preface
1 Introduction to Environmental Law
Part I Species
2 Wild Plants and Animals
3 Threatened and Endangered Species
4 International Environmental Laws Protecting Biodiversity
Part II Land
5 Federal Public Lands
6 Private Lands
Part III Water
7 Polluting Lakes, Streams, and Rivers
8 Filling in Streams and Wetlands
9 Oceans and Coasts
Part IV Air
10 Air Pollution
11 Global Climate Change
Appendix
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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“All ecologists are aware that humans are having an enormous impact on the natural environment, and that societally binding measures are urgently needed to keep in check or reduce such impacts. But few ecologists have any sense of the scope of the environmental laws and regulations that modulate how impacts in practice are reduced, and how such laws do—or do not—reflect understanding of the natural processes governing ecological systems. This well-crafted and insightful book will help ecological and environmental scientists and policy makers to navigate through the often murky seas of environmental law, ranging from the protection of endangered species, to the management of land, to the wise use of freshwater and marine resources, to water and air pollution, and the looming problem of global climate change. The book should also help lawyers perceive how the law interdigitates with environmental science. It moreover at many points helps to sketch potentially valuable avenues for future research. This is an enormously valuable contribution to a truly important arena of human endeavor.”