Trump administration weakens endangered species law Aug 13, 2019 0 359 12345 AFPWashingtonUS President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday finalised rollbacks to key provisions of the Endangered Species Act, a law supported by a large majority of Americans and credited with saving the gray wolf, bald eagle and grizzly bear.The changes include removing a rule that automatically conveys the same protections to threatened species and endangered species, and striking language that says economic considerations should play no part in making determinations on how wildlife is listed.In a statement characterising the amendments as “improvements,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said: “The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal -- recovery of our rarest species.“An effectively administered Act ensures more resources can go where they will do the most good: on-the-ground conservation,” added the former oil and gas lobbyist.“The revisions finalised with this rulemaking fit squarely within the president’s mandate of easing the regulatory burden on the American public, without sacrificing our species’ protection and recovery goals,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.Conservation groups reacted in dismay, saying the rollbacks would pave the way for the gradual destruction of a listed species’ habitat as long as each individual step was sufficiently modest.“This effort to gut protections for endangered and threatened species has the same two features of most Trump administration actions: it’s a gift to industry, and it’s illegal,” said Drew Caputo of non-profit Earthjustice. “We’ll see the Trump administration in court.” Species like the gray wolf saw their population decimated in the early 20th century, but staged a remarkable comeback thanks to the law -- which was signed by former Republican president Richard Nixon in 1973 -- and are now legally hunted in the Northern Rockies. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US to deny citizenship to immigrants who use public benefits Aug 13, 2019 0 406 US would enthusiastically support a UK choice for no-deal Brexit: Bolton Aug 13, 2019 0 356 Norway mosque shooting suspect to remain in custody for four weeks Aug 13, 2019 0 140 Italy recalls Senate as no-confidence vote looms Rome: Italy’s political crisis edged forward on Monday after party leaders decided to recall the Senate to vote on a timetable that could include a no-confidence vote and spell the end of the populist coalition. .. Greece calls on EU for fairer distribution of migrants Athens: Greece on Monday called on the EU for a fairer sharing of the migrant burden amid deep concern over a sharp increase in arrivals on some islands in recent weeks. “Since July 7, there has not been a single day without .. French ministers call for local investigation into Epstein activities Paris (dpa) - Two French ministers on Monday called for an investigation in France into the activities of Jeffrey Epstein, a US financier and convicted sex offender who was found dead in his New York prison cell in what .. Trump official urges ‘all sides to refrain from violence’ in Hong Kong Washington: A senior official in the administration of US President Donald Trump on Monday urged “all sides” to avoid violence in Hong Kong, while calling for political tolerance. “Societies are best served when .. Brazil’s Bolsonaro warns of Argentine refugee crisis if Macri loses REUTERS RIO DE JANEIRO Right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro warned on Monday that his country could see a wave of migrants fleeing Argentina if a presidential election there returns leftist politicians to ..