15 Mar '17, 12am

The Endangered Species Act Is Under Political Attack.

The Endangered Species Act Is Under Political Attack.

Scientists believe we are currently undergoing the sixth mass wave of extinction ever to impact our planet. Stemming from human activity, this loss of biodiversity is occurring at an utterly unprecedented pace. Many species—no one knows how many—are being extinguished even before they are discovered. That’s why the Endangered Species Act is urgently needed. It has proven to be an effective force for stemming the tide. Scientists estimated that without the Act, at least 227 species would have gone extinct between 1973 and 2005. And, in 2016, more species listed as federally endangered were found to be partially or fully recovered than in any other year since the Endangered Species Act became law. As important, millions of acres of forests, beaches, and wetlands—those species’ essential habitats—have been protected from degradation. Thanks to the wisdom that went into develo...

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