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Climate Change Impacts and the Endangered Species Act

By Michael J. Brennan and Sandra A. Snodgrass, Attorneys, Holland & Hart; General Editor Bradley M. Marten Climate change issues are a relatively recent addition to the threats to fish, wildlife, and plants considered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Both ESA regulations and ESA-related...

Recent California Decisions Favor Solar Developers Over Environment

By Laura Mulry, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School April 2011 was an eventful month for massive solar projects in California and their unlikely opponent: the desert tortoise. As climate change, overpopulation, and development place ever more plant and animal species at risk of extinction...

Marten Law: Ninth Circuit Finds Fish & Wildlife Failed to Adequately Account for Climate Impacts, and Keeps Yellowstone Grizzlies on ESA List

By Jessica K. Ferrell, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a Montana district court ruling that blocked the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (the "Service") from removing Yellowstone grizzly bears from the Endangered Species Act's (ESA...

US Governments Propose Wildlife Climate Adaptation Strategy

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer As hundreds of starving sea lion pups wash up on the California coast, and as the Canadian government shuts down research into climate change, a coalition of American federal, state and tribal government agencies has released a National Fish, Wildlife and...