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The US government revived an old law that could save countless plants and animals from the brink of extinction

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Biden administration is looking to reverse a series of amendments made to the 1973 Endangered Species Act during President Trump's term
• The administration believes that these changes could potentially save endangered flora and fauna from extinction

🔭 The context: The alterations introduced by the Trump administration were primarily seen as favoring polluting industries like drilling, mining, and industrial clear-cutting operations, at the expense of endangered wildlife

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Reinstating blanket protections for newly classified threatened species and ignoring "economic impacts" in protection decisions will help protect endangered species from human activities and industrial exploitation.

⏭️ What's next: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its intention to reinstate these protections
• However, it is expected that the implementation of the new rules may take another year

💬 One quote: "On the way out the door, the Trump administration tosses more handouts to its favored polluting industries — drillers, miners, and industrial clear-cutting operations — at the expense of wildlife facing extinction.” (David Henkin, attorney for Earthjustice)

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