Please Explain: Endangered Species

Friday, September 30, 2011

Joe Roman, author of Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act; George Amato, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics; and Ernie Cooper, from TRAFFIC, a joint wildlife trade monitoring network of the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, discuss the Endangered Species Act, which species are at risk and why, and the efforts are made to protect them.

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George Amato, Ernie Cooper and Joe Roman

Comments [4]


there's too many of us; we let economic and terrorism issues drown out this bigger issue.
thought Obama would help wildlife, but Salazar's in the hunters' pocket, and the Republicans that can read have their heads crammed somewhere unmentionable. support those (elected, civil servant, volunteer, advocate, earth-firsters) who do the grunt work of species conservation.

Sep. 30 2011 01:55 PM
Jean from Queens

Can you explain why it would have been more beneficial for biologists to have removed the wolf off the endangered species list than congress? Do biologists overwhelmingly agree with the decision? What are the implications for the species when it's off the list?

Sep. 30 2011 01:47 PM
Ian O'Brien from Jersey City

Joe Roman used to work for a professional darkroom in NYC (Lamont Color). Is he aware of any specific photographic efforts to document particular species before they may become extinct?

Sep. 30 2011 01:47 PM
Ariadne from New York

The big problem with CITES is that it condones exploitation in general by the very fact it allows trade. Another issue is that many countries' representatives who run CITES and determine which species are to be protected and how many can be traded are politicians and government ministers. There are some biologists, conservationists, ecologists, and other scientists on board, too, but politics usually looms large and often dictates the critical decisions affecting these animals.

Sep. 30 2011 01:41 PM

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