Endangered Species

Climate change causing huge loss in tropical insect invertebrate population

The Washington Post reports on a "hyperalarming" study showing dramatic loss of insects in pristine American tropical forest.  The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Post story notes that 35% of the world's plant crops require pollination by bees, wasps and other animals, so that if pollinators go extinct so will many plant species.  

Republicans want to make it harder to add a species to the endangered list

In the steady drip, drip, drip of Trump legislation threatening nature, survival, and the Great Society, Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill, HR 717, intended to weaken the Endangered Species Act.  The bill, known as the Listing Reform Act of 2017, would amend the Endangered Species Act to require review of the economic cost of adding a species to the list of endangered species or threatened species, or for other purposes.  More info from The Verge .