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Environmentalists warn Trump ‘weakening’ endangered species protections

Environmentalists warn Trump ‘weakening’ endangered species protections

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The US federal government has announced an overhaul of the way it enforces the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with preventing countless extinctions.Trump officials say the new plan will reduce regulations, but environmental groups warn it will "crash a bulldozer" through the landmark 1973 legislation.The plan removes automatic protections for threatened species and allows economic factors to be considered.Critics say the new rules will speed extinction for vulnerable wildlife.Ten state attorneys general have announced plans to sue over the new regulation.The Endangered Species Act, which Republican President Richard Nixon signed into law in 1973, protects more than 1,600 plant and animals species today, and is credited wi...
Environmentalists: UK's Antarctic islands need protection

Environmentalists: UK's Antarctic islands need protection

Science
Environmental groups are urging the UK to protect one of its most remote territories - the rugged, uninhabited South Sandwich Islands on the edge of the Antarctic.The bid, by a coalition called Great British Oceans, calls for the islands to be made a sanctuary - ceasing all fishing and commercial activity.Few people have set foot on the islands. The group says they are some of Earth's last wildernesses and need protection.Scientists also suggest that, because of their location in the South Atlantic - right at the northern edge of the Antarctic, they could provide a valuable barometer for the effects of climate change in the region. Hostile wildernessOne of the islands - Zavodovski - was captured in a dramatic sequence for the BBC's Planet Earth 2 series, which documented the hostile enviro...