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Endangered Species Act Really Works

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Protecting endangered species through the U.S. Endangered Species Act really does work and many species near the brink of extinction are making a comeback because of the protections.

According to a new study by Center for Biological Diversity, most marine mammals and sea turtles in the United States that are protected by the Endangered Species Act are making a recovery.

Population data for 23 marine mammals and nine sea turtles shows that 78% of them — including most large whales, Florida manatees, California sea otters, and green sea turtles — had significant population increases due to the protection required under the essential law.

“The Endangered Species Act works. This is great news at a time when our oceans face growing threats from climate change, overfishing and pollution,” said Dr. Abel Valdivia, the Center’s ocean scientist and lead author of the study. “It’s easy to get discouraged as we watch human activities destroy marine ecosystems. But our study shows we can still save whales and other endangered species if we just make the effort.”

“People can see more humpback whales migrating along the West Coast, which is a success story everyone can appreciate,” Valdivia said. “Yet Southern Resident killer whales still struggle against extinction, partly because the federal government missed its own deadline to expand critical habitat protections. The Act works well when officials effectively use the tools it provides.”

The study, which is under review at the scientific journal PLOS ONE and appears as a preprint in the BioRXiv server today, looked at all marine mammal and sea turtle species protected by the Act. The good news is being released just before Endangered Species Day on May 18.

The bad news is that Republicans and Donald Trump are trying to do away with the Endangered Species Act and simply don't care if other species become extinct. They almost always put short-term profits for themselves and their sponsors over the well-being of nature or other people.

Some endangered and threatened species may soon have new hope from the people's digital currency called the AMERO, which will help provide critical funding for the protection of endangered species.

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