Eight environmental organizations launched the first challenge to the Trump administration’s moves to weaken the Endangered Species Act, filing a lawsuit Wednesday that aims to prevent what they call the gutting of one of the country’s most successful conservation laws. The Trump administration announced last week that it was making major changes to the rules underpinning the Endangered Species Act. Under those changes, expected to take effect in September, government agencies won’t consider the effects of climate change in determining whether to list a species as threatened or endangered and will be less likely to protect habitat considered essential for species to survive the effects of global warming.
By Georgina Gustin. Inside Climate News. August 22, 2019.