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Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Gund Fellow Joe Roman discusses the Endangered Species Act on NPR’s Science Friday

Gund Fellow, Joe Roman, joined Peter Alagona and Ira Flatow on NPR's Science Friday last week to discuss the Endangered Species Act at 40. The conversation ranged from the history of the Act to the Obama Administration's current deal with environmental groups to look at more than 700 species waiting for ESA rulings.  Joe, Ira, and Peter bantered back and forth regarding the effectiveness of the Act, the complexity of the causes and solutions to extinction, and potential changes to the Act. They touched on the important symbiotic relationship between the protection of endangered ecosystems and saving endangered species. They even ventured into the controversial issues around delisting of the gray wolf.  Showcasing his interdisciplinary focus Joe spoke passionately about the interaction of science, policy, and economics that comes to the fore in implementing the ESA.