January 01, 2015

Vantage Point

Lisa Kirschner

We are inundated with information documenting humankind’s ability to transform the environment and the corresponding impact on other species. It is undeniable; human beings have accelerated or triggered environmental changes that often have catastrophic consequences for other species. While we may sometimes be oblivious, act too late or specifically disregard the outcome of our actions, we are, at other times, motivated, contemplative and productive in our conservation and mitigation efforts. The articles in this issue are, in my view, a testament to the latter. If these topics are indicative of a broader sensibility, human beings have and continue to utilize the legal system to try and influence our collective impacts on species in a measured, predictable, thoughtful way.

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