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Judge orders USFWS to consider climate change & revisit listing Joshua trees under ESA

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials erred by not adequately considering climate-change impacts when they denied Endangered Species Act protections for Joshua trees, a federal judge has ruled.

"The Service’s conclusion that the Joshua tree will be able to migrate to climate refugia and survive beyond its contracting habitat appears inadequately supported and counter to the data on which it relies," U.S. District Judge Ottis D. Wright II wrote in arriving at his ruling (attached below) earlier this week.

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