Climate change looms large in endangered species litigation

This E&E News article discusses how climate change looms endangered species litigation.

The lesser prairie chicken, a moniker that belies the flamboyant species it describes, now has a lawsuit to its name.

Once abundant on the vast plains of the central United States, these birds — punctuated with flashes of red and yellow — attract mates with a famous song-and-dance routine every spring. But their numbers have been in fast decline, partly due to increased prairie temperatures spurred by global warming.

That decline has led to increased Endangered Species Act litigation from parties seeking stronger protections for the bird. They’re using climate change impacts to bolster their claim that the lesser prairie chicken’s habitat is at risk.

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