Species Listing is a Bigger Boon For Lawyers Than Polar Bears
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s long-awaited Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of the polar bear as a threatened species is sure to please almost no one. The decision, while lengthy and detailed, stops well short of recommending any different actions to protect the polar bear, although the very listing itself may give rise to legal challenges by proponents of greater protection and opponents of any listing. The greatest impact of the listing, however, may be that federal agencies no longer will consider climate change impacts unless a direct link can be drawn from a specific facility’s emissions to a listed species or its habitat. View full article (PDF).