The Way of the Passenger Pigeon

Global climate change and the road to extinctionOne hundred years ago this week, Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo bringing about the complete extinction of a bird that had once numbered in the billions in North America. The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon remains a stark reminder that even something seemingly abundant could be wiped out without a careful understanding of our actions and the greater ecology.  For example, will the Monarch Butterfly be the next “Passenger Pigeon?”

The Law Library has many books exploring various aspects of environmental law. One noteworthy title is James A. Kushner’s Global Climate Change and the Road to Extinction: The Legal and Planning Response.  You can find it in the Law Library Basement at QC981.8.C5 K875 2009

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