Winter 2019 Topic – The Endangered Species Act – Worth the Cost?

The Endangered Species Act has faced some harsh criticism over the years, but is also credited with saving many species that had been on the brink of extinction. Of course, like everything else, this comes with a cost – some very apparent, others not so much. You’re going to be asked to defend a position – is it worth the cost (hidden or otherwise) or not?

Use the articles below to compile a list of facts and predictions (worksheet – download here) that support your assigned side (pro or con) for the debate. Also list opinions/values, but be aware that these are subjective and, while you can use them to support your position, they are not the main part of your argument. You will need this list to complete the first part of the assignment and participate in the rest!

Make sure you know which article(s) you derived each fact from – you will need this information to credibly support your argument!

1. Weighing good intentions (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. RadioLab, June 28, 2010 (start at 1:54)

2. Should some species be allowed to die out? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. New York Times, March 13, 2018

3. Endangered Species Act has economic benefits – and costs (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Time, July 25, 2018

4. Improving conservation policy with genomics. Preview the document Conservation Genetics, August 2018 (this is the article you used for the scientific article reading assignment)

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