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Title:
Endangered species : a reference handbook
Author:
Sherry, Clifford J.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xiv, 269 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction -- Major protection measures -- Endangered and threatened species lists -- Chronology -- Biographical sketches -- U.S. legislation and international treaties -- U.S. endangered species litigation -- Organizations -- Print and nonprint resources.
ISBN:
9780874368109
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This sourcebook considers species extinction as the product of both natural selection and human activity; it then suggests ways to minimize the latter cause, and estimates the cost to human civilization of such efforts. Offers a chronology of events related to endangered species, biographical sketches of noted proponents of preservation, an overview of pertinent US legislation and litigation as well as international treaties, a directory of organizations, and annotated listings of print and nonprint resources. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Author Notes

Clifford J. Sherry , PhD, is a research scientist.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

These volumes in the Contemporary World Issues series include documents, legislation, lists of organizations, and bibliographies, as well as background information. Endangered Species also has more than 20 biographical profiles, and Indoor Pollution provides details on various sources of pollution, such as passive tobacco smoke, radon, and volatile organic compounds found in home furnishings.


Library Journal Review

This latest in the publisher's excellent "Contemporary World Issues" reference series focuses on endangered species and serves as a valuable complement to Anne Becher's Biodiversity: A Reference Handbook (LJ 9/1/98). The heart of the book comprises two hefty chapters on endangered species legislation and litigation; also included are an introductory chapter that provides an overview of the subject, biographical sketches, descriptions of general as well as species-specific organizations involved with the endangered species controversy, a chronology, a glossary, and annotated lists of both print and nonprint resources. Although Sherry, a neurobiologist and the author of ABC-CLIO's Animal Rights (LJ 3/15/95), is less thorough than Becher (organizational descriptions lack web site and E-mail addresses, annotations tend to be briefer) and a bit more dry (one has no idea how he feels about the endangered species controversy), this handbook should prove useful in most school, academic, and public libraries.‘Lynn C. Badger, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Sherry focuses on legislation that has been enacted to protect endangered and threatened species in the US. His first three chapters briefly discuss the loss of biodiversity in the US, important milestones in conservation, and prominent people in the environmental movement. The middle two chapters are the core of the book, detailing the Endangered Species Act of 1973, its subsequent amendments, and litigation it has generated. Unfortunately, legal jargon makes these chapters tedious to read. Sherry also fails to define some important terms (conservation plan, habitat conservation plan) and omits them from the meager glossary. His last three chapters are helpful references: one lists addresses, phone numbers, and objectives of a myriad of environmental and conservation organizations; the others list selected books and databases on endangered species and related topics. Overall, a useful resource. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. E. H. Rave; Bemidji State University


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