Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act

Listed Dispatches from America s Endangered Species Act A lot has changed since the s when the tiny snail darter went extinct on the Little Tennessee River Joe Roman helps us understand why we should all be happy about the sweeping law that made these

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  • Title: Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act
  • Author: Joe Roman
  • ISBN: 9780674047518
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A lot has changed since the 1970s, when the tiny snail darter went extinct on the Little Tennessee River Joe Roman helps us understand why we should all be happy about the sweeping law that made these changes possible Listed is an engaging tale of endangered species in the wild and the people working to save them.

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    1. I was not paying attention when Silent Spring was published. Granted, I wouldn't be born for another 20 years, so I'll cut myself some slack. It took a college course in environmental literature to get me to realize the importance of reading A Sand County Almanac and Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. I was almost the last person I know to read The World Without Us and 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. I narrowly avoided missing Last Chance to See altogether, and [...]

    2. Joe Roman’s Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act, delves into the history and development of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as well as its successes and fall backs. Roman intricately weaves aspects of earth system science, economics, politics, and conservation to explain his ideas, making for a well rounded, compelling, and supported argument for how the endangered species act could be improved to protect endangered species with today’s rapid rates of global climate c [...]

    3. It's not easy to write a book about the Endangered Species Act or at least one that people can read without becoming wholly discouraged and depressed. I think Roman does an admirable job striking a balance between highlighting the successes of the Act and the legal power it brings to conservation with the reality of the challenges and limitations. There's a feel-good chapter about reintroducing gray wolves to Yellowstone, which at the time of reading made me think "This is presenting a rosy, per [...]

    4. Listed, by Joe Roman, is a book that dives into the problems and battles with the endangered species act, and fights for the saving of endangered plants and animals. “The Endangered Species Act is under attack” and we need to keep our animals alive (Roman 3). Roman addresses how species are being protected and how that affects humans and the government; the endangered species act “gave nature, in all forms, a right to exist” (62). He also discusses the ecosystem of animals and their envi [...]

    5. This is the summarized history of the Endangered Species Act and its evolution to present time. I was actually surprised at how much it has changed, how often it has been tweaked to allow just enough leeway. It's fascinating to see that it has become, in many ways, much more effective since it has become more lenient. The book jumps around in some odd ways, but it hits on a lot of the major conservation efforts within the United States. Those familiar with ESA history will have to plow through t [...]

    6. Kudos to Joe Roman for writing not just about "charismatic megafauna," other than chapters on the Florida panther, wolves in Yellowstone and the (very likely extinct for decades) ivory-billed woodpecker.Other than that, it's about mussels, frogs, salamanders, and things that don't even get considered for the ESA, like extremeophilic bacteria. This is a great, great book of essays.And, it's about more than species, it's about ecosystems. As any good environmentalist knows, species can't be protec [...]

    7. A really interesting look at a complex piece of legislation. Roman's book presents the facts but also the heart on this multi-faceted issue. This work is richer than a purely legalistic or scientific study. We get the epic court battles but also the personal devotion of scientists in the field. Not exactly a fast read, but I felt the worth of this step out of my comfort zone. Check out my full review at compassionateu.

    8. Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act by Joe Roman (Harvard University Press 2011) (333.9522) places the Act in historical perspective beginning with the snail darter holding up the TVA dam on the Little Tennessee River and the ultimate Supreme Court ruling that allowed the dam to be completed. The book covers freshwater mussels in Alabama, wolves in the West, and the demise of the Ivory-Billed woodpecker. My rating: 6/10, finished 12/19/11.

    9. I really enjoyed this book. It provided an interesting look at a number of species that are or have been on the Endangered Species List. I found it shocking how much people fight having animals listed as endangered. I couldn't believe the number of cases where it is landowner/government/etc against the people trying to protect these animals.

    10. I loved this book. Although books about science and political issues can be very dry, this book was not only very informative but entertaining as well. I borrowed it from the library, but I just might add it to my personal collection of animal-related books.

    11. Joe Roman has put together a thoughtful collection of Essays which hope to explain the details of this ESA as well as how congress and lobbyists have worked around the act. Which has lead to demise of many species.

    12. The writing was too jumpy and hard to follow. The content was interesting, I just don't think it was presented well or in a very coherent way.

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