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By J. Michael Scott, Dale D. Goble, Frank W. Davis

A spouse quantity to The Endangered Species Act at Thirty: Renewingthe Conservation Promise, released by way of Island Press in fall 2005, thisnew e-book examines the foremost coverage instruments on hand for safeguarding biodiversityin the USA by way of revisiting a few simple questions in conservation:What are we attempting to shield and why? What are the limitsof species-based conservation? do we strengthen new conservationstrategies which are extra ecologically and economically practicable than pastapproaches?

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Listing: The amendments restricted the secretary’s discretion by specifying that the listing determination be made “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available”; economics were not to be considered in determining whether a species was threatened or endangered. Section 4 was also amended to restructure the listing procedure into a three-step process with specific deadlines for each step. In addition, the linkage between listing a species and designating its critical habitat was relaxed.

7(a)(2)). The new definition was effectively identical to the definition of “jeopardize the continued existence of [a listed species]” (Code of Federal Regulations 2004) and thus collapsed the two standards into one. As a result, the wildlife agencies have subsequently argued that critical habitat adds nothing to the jeopardy prohibition and the designation of critical habitat is therefore an expensive, time-consuming process that does nothing to conserve listed species. Similarly, the 1978 amendments to section 4 added a requirement that listing determinations be made “after taking into account those efforts, if any, being made by any State or foreign nation” (sec.

Hill 1978, 194). ’” In Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill (1978, 173), Burger alludes more than once to the economic impact of the Endangered Species Act—its effect in the domain of the market. Perhaps most unequivocally, he writes, “The plain intent of Congress in enacting this statue was to halt and reverse the trend toward species extinction, whatever the cost” (Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill 1978, 184). Strictly interpreted, the ESA “will produce results requiring the sacrifice of the anticipated benefits of the project and of many millions of dollars in public funds” (Tennessee Valley Authority v.

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