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Environmentalists warn Trump ‘weakening’ endangered species protections

Environmentalists warn Trump ‘weakening’ endangered species protections

Science
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...
Bigger, slow-breeding species need extra protections, conservationists claim

Bigger, slow-breeding species need extra protections, conservationists claim

Science
May 17 (UPI) -- To better protect larger, slow-breeding species, conservationists, biologists and other decision makers rethink the "endangered species" definition, the authors of a new study suggest. Researchers warn that slow-breeding giants, like elephants and rhinos, might not reveal themselves as "endangered" until it is too late. A slow decline among a population of slow-breeders can, in some cases, be more worrisome than a more precipitous decline among fast-breeders. To account for this, scientists suggest conservationists pay less attention to the size and distribution of a population, or the speed of its decline, and focus instead on the relationship between mortality and fertility rates. "Critical thresholds in so-called vital rates -- such as mortality and fertility rates amo...
Lenders must prove consumer credit protections

Lenders must prove consumer credit protections

Business
The Bank of England has handed UK lenders a deadline to show they are adequately protected against consumer credit risks as borrowing continues to soar.While its Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) - which has powers to force credit curbs on banks - did not outline any new rules, it said lenders would have until September to demonstrate they had not overstretched themselves.Banks have been keen to lend because their profits have been under pressure from record low interest rates.The PRA's review of the consumer credit market was released just a week after the Bank reintroduced so-called countercyclical capital buffers to ensure banks have reserves to cope with any economic slowdown or sudden shocks.The Bank had reduced the buffers to zero last July after the Brexit vote in a bid to maint...