Policy

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Consequences of Resource Limitations on ESA Implementation

The U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is widely considered the strongest wildlife protection law in the world: almost every species listed is still with us today and many are on the path to recovery. Somewhat amazingly, it has earned this reputation …
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Comments on NOAA's Draft Mitigation Policy for Trust Resources

In biodiversity conservation, mitigation means steps taken to avoid, minimize, or offset the impacts of human activities on the biodiversity world. Strong mitigation helps conserve existing natural resources and recover degraded ones, and federal …

Blood in the Water: Shark Feeding, Tourism, and the Law

Shark tourism has become a significant driver of tourist dollars both in the United States and abroad over the past few decades, with shark provisioning (feeding), often used by shark tour companies to attract sharks for easy viewing. While shark …
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ESA Recovery Plans Dashboard

The Endangered Species Act requires the creation of plans for recovering listed species. [Long-term funding shortfalls](https://defenders-cci.org/publication/conservation-funding/) have meant [extensive delays in …
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Agency plans are inadequate to conserve US endangered species under climate change

Despite widespread evidence of climate change as a threat to biodiversity, it is unclear whether government policies and agencies are adequately addressing this threat to species (1-4). We evaluate species sensitivity, a component of climate change …
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Agency plans are inadequate to conserve US endangered species under climate change

Despite widespread evidence of climate change as a threat to biodiversity, it is unclear whether government policies and agencies are adequately addressing this threat to species (1-4). We evaluate species sensitivity, a component of climate change …
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Climate change fact sheets from Landscape Conservation

[_The Heat Is On_](https://defenders-cci.org/landscape/climate-factsheets/) fact sheets describe the current, deleterious effects of climate change on species across North America and examples from elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere.
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Monitoring Policy for the ESA

The Endangered Species Act is considered one of the strongest acts in the world for protecting wildlife, but its effectiveness depends on proper implementation. Despite the importance of ensuring proper implementation, the agencies that implement the …
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Novel data show expert wildlife agencies are important to endangered species protection

To protect biodiversity, conservation laws should be evaluated and improved using data. We provide a comprehensive assessment of how a key provision of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented: consultation to ensure federal actions do …
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Potential Impacts of Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities On Ocelot Recovery in Texas

This report was produced by Defenders of Wildlife, with the support of CCI, to detail the effects three proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in the Brownsville Ship Channel would have on the future of ocelot recovery in the United States. …