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Breaking: Endangered Species Act Significantly Weakened

National Park Service Climate Change Response Photo.

The Trump Administration announced Monday an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), the landmark conservation legislation. Many environmental experts are condemning the changes, which will go into effect next month.

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The changes make it more difficult for scientists and wildlife experts to consider climate change effects when deciding whether or not to add a species to the endangered species list (ESL). Additionally, critical habitats will be shrunk and it will become easier to remove animals from the ESL. For the first time, economic considerations will be taken into account when adding species to the ESL. Lastly, protections for threatened species, which are on the brink of becoming endangered, have also been weakened.

Many politicians in the Trump Administration have said these changes to the ESA modernize the legislation and uphold Trump’s promise to ease regulation. In habitats that will lose protection, new mining and gas and oil exploration will become possible.

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The ESA has been credited with saving the Bald Eagle, Southern Sea Otter, Humpback Whale, and Green Sea Turtle amongst many others. Between 1973 and 2013, the ESA prevented 99% of species on the ESL from extinction through the protections it afforded.

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Tree Fall Kills Colorado Hiker in Freak Accident
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Colorado's San Juan Mountains. Wikipedia photo. Tragic news from Colorado: A woman has died in a freak accident while camping along the southern Colorado Trail. Running 567-miles from Denver to Durango, Colorado, the Colorado Trail is popular with long-distance mountain bikers, horse riders, thru-hikers, and trail runners. It passes below Grizzly Peak, a summit just north of Purgatory Resort, where as reported by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, a woman was killed by a falling

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Nepali Gov’t Proposes New Everest Permitting Rules
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After overcrowding issues during the 2019 Everest climbing season led to deadly human traffic jams, the Nepalese government proposed new permitting rules for the climb. Under the new rules, prospective climbers would have to prove that they summited another major peak and guiding operations would be required to prove at least three years of high-altitude experience elsewhere before setting foot on Everest. RELATED: Eleven Climbers On Everest this Season Another measure would require