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What the updated endangered species act tells us about the future of biodiversity

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) marked a somber milestone in 2023, with 21 species declared extinct and removed from its list 
Scientists warn that the current rate of species loss is increasing rapidly, emphasizing the critical need for habitat restoration and preservation

🔭 The context: Despite technological advancements and societal progress, the threat of extinction looms large for over one million species of plants and animals 
This development underscores the urgent need for conservation efforts to address the accelerating rate of species loss globally

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The extinction of these 21 species, most of which were listed in the ESA during the 1970s and 1980s, highlights the consequences of insufficient habitat, human activity, and delayed conservation actions 

⏭️ What's next: The focus remains on intensifying conservation efforts to prevent further irreversible declines in species populations

💬 One quote: "The 21 species extinctions highlight the importance of the ESA and efforts to conserve species before declines become irreversible." (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

📈 One stat: Over 500,000 land species currently face the risk of extinction due to insufficient habitat


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