by Megan E. Hansen, Research Director
Posted February 10, 2020 In Scholar Commentary

Positive changes to the Endangered Species Act
Positive changes to the Endangered Species Act

Photo: Bill Schaefer/The Idaho State Journal via AP

An ecologist at the University of Sydney estimates that at least one billion animals have died in the wildfires that continue to rage across Australia. Even once the flames die out, widespread damage to habitats may push some species closer to extinction. Photos of singed koalas and bandaged kangaroos have sparked sympathy and outrage around the world. Individuals from all walks of life are demanding immediate action to address climate change and its effects on endangered species and their habitat.

While addressing climate change will take time, there are also steps we can take in the immediate term to better protect endangered species here in the United States. The first of those steps involves working more closely with local governments, tribes and landowners to find innovative ways to help species thrive…

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