The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is restoring migratory bird protections that were gutted during the final days of Trump’s presidency. A Trump administration rule change in January allowed companies that kill birds to largely avoid punishment under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Interior Department says that rule change would have led to hundreds of millions of bird deaths per year.
This week the Biden administration said another 23 plant and animal species should be listed as extinct, including the ivory-billed woodpecker and several types of freshwater mussels. It’s the latest example of an unprecedented loss of biodiversity due to climate change and humans’ encroachment on natural habitats.