Habitat for Seals – level 3
On Monday, The Center for Biological Diversity and the Commerce Department agreed to protect two species of ice seals.
Bearded and ringed seals were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2012 because of sea ice loss.
The Center says that climate change is changing the seals’ habitat. The Endangered Species Act wants the government to create a designated critical habitat for a threatened species after it has been on the list for a year. The Center says that the Trump administration has not taken the required steps to protect the seals’ habitat. What is more, the administration plans to open more land for oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve.
Monday’s agreement requires the Trump administration to issue a critical habitat rule for the ice seals by September 2020.
Difficult words: species (a specific kind of an animal or a plant), habitat (the natural home of an animal or a plant), designated (chosen officially for a specific purpose).
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