Global Climate Change and Endangered Species Act Practices By Aaron J. Foxworthy

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Expect climate change law to affect application of the Endangered Species Act - but don't expect clear answers up front. There's still a lot to be worked out.

Effects to plant and wildlife species and habitat attributed to global climate change have implications for how the federal government administers and complies with the Endangered Species Act. Two recent administrative actions taken by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service present the latest examples of how those agencies grapple with how, or whether, to address anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change-related effects under the ESA.

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