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Appeals Court: Animals Can Be Listed as Threatened Based on Climate Change Risk

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Appeals Court: Animals Can Be Listed as Threatened Based on Climate Change Risk

A U.S. appeals court ruled that federal agencies can list species as threatened based on projections of how climate change will impact their habitats.

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Oil companies and Alaska natives had challenged the National Marine Fisheries Service's decision to list a seal species as threatened because of sea ice loss, but the court upheld the decision.

"The service need not wait until a species' habitat is destroyed to determine that habitat loss may facilitate extinction," Judge Richard A. Paez wrote.

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