This article discusses the federal appeals court ruling case against the oil industry. The oil industry tried to push back on Endangered Species Act protections for the seals, but an appeals court says there’s enough scientific evidence to support the threat. The court ruled that Arctic ringed seals must be protected under the Endangered Species Act because of their reliance on the sea ice, which is rapidly disappearing as the planet warms. The seals—named for the light-colored circles that dot their coats—build lairs on the surface of the sea ice to birth and protect their young. That puts them, like other species that rely on the ice, in a precarious position as it vanishes.