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Conservation groups: Biden should declare national emergency over species extinctions

With the sixth mass extinction under way, President-elect Biden is being urged to declare the loss of species a national emergency, one that should require the nation's response to slow the extinction.

The request, from more than 135 groups, asks the incoming president to sign an executive order declaring the emergency. The proposed executive order illustrates how Biden can take bold, aggressive actions without Congress in his first weeks in office.

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